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Let’s turn on the light!


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The Reformation Day and All Saints Day mark the beginning of November in Slovenia, when autumn slowly ends and winter starts. The annual clock shift during this time evokes the feeling that, with shorter days, darkness prevails over light. Perhaps that is why the symbolism of light of both holidays glows that much stronger.

As emphasised by Prime Minister Cerar in his message to the citizens upon this year’s national holiday, the Reformation, which represents a breaking point with the dark Middle Ages, brought renewal and progress to Europe. However, the question is whether we can imagine how bold were the moves of the reformers at the time. What can we, in our era, compare Trubar’s decision to write a book in the Slovenian language with – in a language, which officially did not exist at the time and which people were not allowed to speak in public? Who in today’s Slovenian society dares to step outside of the system and draw attention to its shortcomings with words or deeds?

There certainly are bold and brave people among us. But they are not necessarily the loudest. Perhaps they are coming from an unexpected direction, bearing an image we are not comfortable with. Just as people from Trubar’s village probably did not imagine that he would be remembered 500 years after he had written Cathecism in the Slovenian language.

If we paraphrase the Slovenian poet Fran Miličinski Ježek, who certainly was one of those brave men, we could say: Let’s turn on the light and find them.

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