By Edmond Y. Azadian
The year end is a stage when individuals take a moment to ponder the past 12 months, evaluate their achievements and learn from their mistakes. It is also an occasion to make new resolutions, which though one seldom keeps, one can feel good about possibilities for the coming year.
When it comes to collective entities, evaluations are done by groups of people, as well as the resolutions made. Therefore, individuals become responsible to each other and to the collective entity.
Our lives as Armenians have dual complementary phases: our existence in the diaspora and our commitment to Armenia. Those among us who shirk responsibilities to Armenia have a more comfortable existence, albeit by forfeiting part of their identity. Those individuals who have to cope with both challenges have a more responsible life, which in the end is more fulfilling and more full.
As we review the year 2011, the diasporan life looks like a rudderless ship, with fragmented leadership and divided loyalties. In the past, when the Internet did not churn information and challenge all authority, the community was more cohesive and the leadership had its values and its place. That is how collective efforts paid off and major projects were achieved.