The Second Generation
Prochazka, Tomas, The New Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European Affairs
It is unbelievable that as of next year, twenty years will have passed since the fall of the communist regime. It is really unbelievable. Personally, it feels like just yesterday. Nevertheless, I belong to the generation that has lived most of their lives in the period after the revolution. Still, however, I sometimes miss those days. Why? Life was easier then, without the problems that we face today.
There were basically only two options--to live in or against this matter-of-fact, black and white world. We had only one enemy who left you alone if you did not bother him. If you can, recall that there was more social security, employment was at 100 percent, (that is, on paper) and beer cost as little as 1.50 CZK. What emerges in my mind is the idyllic image of the lost Atlantis.
Psychologists call this commemorative optimism. The brain concentrates on generating only pleasant memories while it suppresses bad ones. This explains, in part, why some people would like to see the wholesale return of the period before 1989.
Moreover, the current Communist party has begun to see recent electoral success. It is not a coincidence that their electorate is composed of the older generation. …