Can you imagine living in a world where terror is something you deal with every day? ...A world where friends and family are no longer trustworthy? ...a society where a human being is only a means of achieving the goals of the unique party? ...A place where your destiny belongs to the state? ...A place where you are told that sufferance is in your own interest? ... A place where children die even before being born, where mothers fight for a slice of bread and men are banished for no reason? ... Although hard to believe it, these are nothing else but the realities of the communist regimes.
The communist ideology promotes the perfect society, where individuals are equal to each other. Therefore, there should not be any more people living on the fringes of society. Moreover, poverty and social discrimination are eradicated. The communist state is supposed to ensure everybody a proper education, a job and fair social services. The socialist system seems to be the salvation of the majority. As a matter of fact, the advantages of this idealistic society are hard to refute, but the manner in which these theories have been applied can make you change your opinion.
Far from being the only or, at least, the finest way to create a flawless place, communist practice had detrimental effects. The socialist theory was imposed in societies that were not prepared for such a radical change. Not only that the initial ideology was misinterpreted in order to suit leaders' interests, but it could not have been applied to the poorly developed economies and political systems it intended to reconfigure. As a result, the only available manner of implementing communism was force. The consequences of this were striking and unexpected: the failure of the system itself and, regrettably, human dramas.
The cruelty of the communism destroyed all the significant fundamentals of humanity. Physical and mental terror damaged individuals and relationships among them. Human degradation reached its highest point when communists started treating people worse than animals using methods like: starvation, isolation and harassment. In fact, the communist dictatorship had two ways of maintaining the control: by killing its enemies or by causing them severe traumas which haunted for the rest of their lives. No one could stand against the socialist system.
The major issue of communism was the striking discrepancy between theory and practice. On one hand, the premise was not only innovative, but it appeared to come up with solutions to the greatest problems of the capitalist culture. On the other hand, what communists did was omitting the fact that socialism needed a strong basis to develop. It was nor the time, neither the place to apply it. As a consequence, due to the atrocious approach, the appealing idea became an unacceptable reality. However, the actual magnitude of this utopian system, converted into a degradation machine, can only be known through the eyes of the ones who had experienced it...