Part of the past

Part of the past

There are plenty of countries in the world, which have lost their touch with the past. The path for these countries is very clear - go forward, since there is nothing to come back to. We still have where to return. However, it is always more difficult to come back than to leave. Therefore, those who remain and are not in a hurry to leave deserve the most respect. While waiting, a person gains the wisdom. The one who is leaving is being lured by temporary pleasures. The one who stays, learns to live in harmony with nature, awaiting for the Spring to come. Only that those winters for our elderly are becoming an increasing burden. Longer... Darker... Or is this how it is meant to be? The darkest and the longest nights are when waiting for the sun to return... On the other hand, the most experienced travelers are telling that totally black nights do not exist. Therefore, we also continue believing: the old village will remain; the old Lithuania will be sustained. At least the main elements are still there.

We believe that today particularly important is a return to the past. This gives us the only chance to reconcile with ourselves; to assess the endless strive to the unknown, the endless rush forward... A modern man tends to forget the main truth: the nature already supplies us with the most valuable assets. It gives us enough to meet our basic needs. Only if we were to stick to these needs and not to want more, and more, and more... This simple truth is best understood while being in a village.

North Americal Indians were right in saying that one can never sell their land, their rivers and lakes, because "the sound of a running creek is our ancestors talking to us". This voice of our ancestors in Lithuania can be best heard while resting on the side of Skroblus creek, in the village of Margionys.

Romantic people claim that our Earth has places which are particularly suitable for reconciling with one self, meditating the past and preparing for the future. If this is truth, Margionys is definitely one of those places, where you can place yourself in a harmony of nature and culture.

Part of the text is from a publication produced by Dzūkija National Park: "Kapiniškiai. Rudnia. Dubininkas", Marcinkonys, 2005.