We haven't lived together for a long time. We do not know what the state structure is. No, we have read books, but we don't have a direct feeling. There was one sister, the generation of my grandparents attended the transfer of power between Noe Ramishvili and Noe Jordania. This is the only democratic government change in our history. A state will not be formed without such a peaceful political experience. A territory with borders can be formed, a state - not. A nation-state is more than a fenced area.
What else are we missing? I'm not sure I can give you an exhaustive answer. But I really know that we lack the experience of economic coexistence.
When I was a student, I accompanied my mother on ethnographic expeditions. I was several times in Svaneti, Samegrelo, Zemo Adjara - I probably saw a large part of the beauty of Georgia then. My mother used to make notes about customs and living conditions. Its narrators were old people who remembered Georgia at the end of the nineteenth century. I learned many interesting things. I will tell you one thing - to my surprise, in different parts of Georgia, often in different communities or even in villages, they used different sources: they measured the amount of wheat in one way, in another - in another way, in a third - in a third way. You can easily understand that this is an indicator of the actual absence of trade.
Now I am writing this essay on a Japanese computer, which is partly made in Malaysia, has at least one chip from Taiwan, one from South Korea. I am writing through a program created in America, for a Georgian magazine, which will be printed on Finnish paper with a German machine.
This is now called globalization - mankind has learned to trade globally.
In this globalized world, we want a little Georgian globalization - which we have not lost and we already have - when Georgians learn to trade with each other.
De Gaulle said about the French - how to manage people who have 300 types of cheese. No way - I agree. Such people will take care of themselves, since 300 cheesemakers have 3,000 cheesemongers, 6,000 milkmen, 2,000 hay sellers, 800 butchers, 7,000 cooks, and many others caught in the capitalist clutches. Each one will think a hundred times before he separates or fights with another - then the unsold milk will be cut and the hay will be burned.
This is what should happen - four million Georgians will connect with each other with their bourgeois interests, will become dependent on each other's success and failure. Such a Georgian society will be another step from the fenced territory to Georgia. big step
Long live the Georgian merchants!!!