Čedomir is 34 years old. He works as a project manager at the Association of Dystrophy of Zlatibor as well as the Association of Cerebral Child Paralysis in Užice. He graduated to become a philosophy professor.
A younger Serbia is what Čedomir would like to see in the future. “Definitely a younger Serbia. Until I went to Scandinavia, I had no idea how dire and dramatic our situation was on two grounds: birthrate and unemployment. When you are used to people not working, when you’re used to seeing packed cafes at 12:30h, it becomes normal for you. But if you then went to Holland and you saw hordes of people going to work, you would be as shocked as I was. I thought, oh my God, nobody works in my country. When you’re walking down the street in Holland, in any part of the city at any time of the day, you can always see strollers, then you say to yourself, we have a very old population. ”
Authenticity and multiculturalism are positive characteristics of Serbian society, Čedomir says. “Authenticity can have either a positive or a negative sense, depending on what the subject of this authenticity is. I like our audacity. I like it, because it is our drive force. Some call it spite, but I don’t like to call it that, because it’s broader than that, spite has negative connotations. Audacity does not necessarily need to have such a meaning. Audacity can be determination. I like this trait of our people. I also like the multicultural aspect of this society. I have not seen many societies that unite so many ethnic groups.”
The negative aspect of Serbia is that the positive energy of the people is directed toward negative things. “We certainly focus our stamina, defiance, and energy on negative things. Directing the focus to something negative does not require great effort. When you want to be destructive, you turn on the bulldozer or the car and you slam it into something and you get destruction. But if you’re building a house, you must be constructive. Being constructive is far more complicated than being destructive.”
Accepting reality as it is and not doing anything about it is another negative side of Serbia. “The problem is that we are starting to accept the situation we are in. If anyone said this 40 years ago, 50% of people would say we would not become like this. Today if you tell this to young people here, they would say yes, this is us, but it doesn’t matter, we are just used to it. I also think there is influence from the outside. I think that apathetic people are easier to manipulate, this apathy produces cheap workforce, fertile land, beauty everywhere, all almost for free. ”
Čedomir is aware that some of his ideas may be extraordinary, but he believes that the craziest ideas created the world’s most important inventions. He does not stop looking for new challenges and working on them for the sake of himself and the society he lives in.