Saying of the Month
At IMELUM we are keenly aware that numbers and statistics on their own mean very little. As your source of context in South East Europe every month we provide a saying from the region to help you get an insight into the way people think and, more importantly, why. This is intended as an interactive exercise, so if you have a saying from any of the countries in South East Europe you think deserves to be disseminated more widely send it to us on email@example.com in the original language, an English translation, and a short summary. We’ll be glad to acknowledge your contribution.
“Dva loša ubiše Miloša”
“Two weaker men murdered Miloš”
This Serbian saying, referring to Miloš Obilić of the Battle of Kosovo from 1389, means that if you are outnumbered, you will be defeated. The implication is that if you mean well, and others do not, they can get their way because there are more of them. This can be used to justify a negative outcome by claiming moral justification. A related interpretation is that all challenges can be overcome if society unites in the pursuit of a greater cause. The four Ss on the coat of arms of the Serbian flag which stand for the motto “Samo sloga Srbina spašava” – “Only unity can save the Serbs” reflects how deep this thinking goes in Serbian society.