He quoted from one of the writings of the recently deceased world-famous Hungarian psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi: “we can live our lives as a chess piece, controlled by external forces, or we can take control of us. (…)
He stressed that last year there were many who did not leave themselves, able to overcome helplessness, discouragement.
As he said, the beginning of the year for many includes a clean sheet starting with the new year, the calendar: “we look for the holidays, we record the family events, the important deadlines.” However, reality sometimes rewrites plans, he added.
János Áder also spoke about the fact that the generations ahead of us had experienced periods of war several times, when their lives did not develop according to their own natural order.
As an example, he mentioned that he described in Sándor Márai’s diary what a special experience it was for him to flip through a 1945 calendar during the siege of Budapest. In the most severe months of World War II, everyone was used to making plans, thinking in terms. “Today we are somehow like this with the pandemic, now in its second year,” he declared.
He believed that 2021 was similar to 2020 in many ways, with better and worse periods alternating according to the waves of the epidemic. According to the head of state, the huge difference between the two years of the epidemic was that in 2021, the tools needed to defend it were already available.
“Vaccines have allowed us to save lives, and we can survive the epidemic with fewer restrictions,” said Katalin Karikó, the world’s most celebrated scientist, the developer of the technology needed for the next-generation coronavirus vaccine.
In his speech, János Áder asked the audience to think of all those whose “names we don’t even know”, even though thousands of vaccinations were given every day, they took the hands of the dying, they operated social institutions, they “protected our security, they protected our borders”, they cultivated land , provided a service.
It is not yet clear in the New Year’s calendar which month, the week, the day when “we will finally be freed from the depressing, threatening burden of the epidemic”, everyone needs patience, attention and perseverance to make this happen as soon as possible, he said. János Áder, who again quoted Sándor Márai at the end of his speech, said: “Things don’t just happen to a person. He also does what happens to him.”
The President of the Republic’s New Year’s greeting was again translated into sign language by deaf and hard of hearing viewers by Fanni Weisz Fanni.