A Macedonian

What Is A Macedonian?

A Macedonian is a human being who has suffered and is still suffering for what she or he is. 
To be Macedonian is to have been robbed of your dignity, land and identity. 
To be Macedonian is to have witnessed your enemy burn your home and kill and torture your relatives.
To be Macedonian is to have endured and lived through other peoples wars who fought on your native soil. 
To be Macedonian is to have survived attempts at integration, assimilation and denationalization.
To be Macedonian is to have endured pain, humiliation, denigration and persecution. 
To be Macedonian is to have felt isolation, forced expulsion and the pain of having to leave your beloved home, Macedonia without wanting.
To be Macedonian is having to never speak your mother tongue in public on your native soil.  
To be Macedonian is to have been told you don’t exist. 
To be Macedonian is to have to endure being called derogatory names like Slav, Skopjan, Fyromian, Gypsy, Bulgarian, Old Bulgarian and many more, but never Macedonian! 
To be Macedonian is to have to endure listening to your enemies telling you who you are and who you are not. 
To be a Macedonian is to have absolutely none, not even the basic of human rights on your own native soil. 
To be a Macedonian is to have more freedom and rights in foreign lands than in your own native Macedonia. 
To be Macedonian is to have your enemies tell you who you are and force it upon you if you don’t agree.

Macedonian Girl - Makedonka - Makedonsko Devojce
Macedonian Girl - Makedonka - Makedonsko Devojce

So, why would anyone want to be A Macedonian?

As it was said before and it will be said again and again, “Macedonians want to be Macedonian because that is what they are, Macedonian”. There are no choices to being Macedonian just as there are no choices to being born human. Macedonians accept who they are just as they accept who others are, even if they are their enemies. There is a deep, almost spiritual feeling to being Macedonian. To be Macedonian is to have willingly accepted the burden of being Macedonian.

Ilinden Uprising United Macedonia Macedonian Macedonians

Why Do Macedonians Put Up With This Suffering?

This is the same as asking, “Why did Christians put up with their suffering?” Why did the Christians put up with abuse and torture for so many years before they became strong? Did their enemies fear them? Were they jealous of them? Did they loathe them for their strong spirituality? Did they detest them for their strong faith in their God?

Macedonians put up with suffering because, above all, they are true to themselves. Macedonians can be no other, just as a goat cannot be a sheep no matter how hard it tries. Suffering after all makes them stronger and more appreciative of who they are. Macedonians are an enduring people that see their troubles like a passing storm. Experience has taught them that patience is a virtue and like a violent storm comes and goes their suffering too will pass. They have learned to hope that the future will bring a better day.

So the next time you meet a Macedonian know that he or she exists. She or he comes from a rich culture that has a long standing unique tradition, a rich history like no other, an unshakable faith and pride in being Macedonian and has long suffered for being Macedonian.

Little Book of Big Greek Lies

Risto Stefov
Buhcarest Treaty - Partitioned Macedonia