Sergey Kurginyan: The contemporary West is based on the principles of the end of humanity

25.05.2018, Sevastopol.

The contemporary West is built on a philosophy of three principles: the end of history, the end of humanism, and the end of humanity, theater director, political scientist, and leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan said on May 23 at the conference State Culture Policy is the Future of Russia, which was held as part of the 27th Zolotoy Vityaz International Film Forum, the Rossa Primavera Information Agency reports.

“The question arises regarding what kind of philosophy the West follows. What kind of West do we want to become part of? As our thinkers once wondered, ‘What kind of East do you want to be? The East of Xerxes or of Christ?’ What kind of West we want to become part of is the most fundamental question. Is it the West of Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant… or is it the West that exists today? However, the West today is based on a number of cornerstone principles, which are irrevocable. The first principle is the end of history. The West claims that history is over. Not only Christians, but also Jews are ready to accept that history is over, and that Messiah did not come. This is a fundamental idea. It is not less fundamental for secular people, because history is the path of human development, so the path has come to its end,” this is how Kurginyan described the West today.

According to Kurginyan, the end of history is followed by the end of humanism, which, in its turn, leads to the end of humanity.

“Look at what is written on the flags of contemporary Western culture, which is promoted by the Western elite and forced on the world in an irrevocable way. It claims that the end of humanity has come. So what, will Russian culture accept the end of humanity, too?”

He stressed that the West has made a fundamental turn, the turn from classical Modernity to Postmodernity, and it has spread this Postmodernity everywhere.

“The Marquis de Sade is the main principle of postmodernist culture. Do we recognize this? Will we follow this? Will we take this as a guiding principle and worship it, even knowing for sure that we will never be accepted there and that we are already condemned as the spawn of hell and the most dangerous country in the world?” this is the question the political scientist addressed to the participants of the conference.

On May 22, the opening session of the 27th Zolotoy Vityaz International Film Forum took place in Sevastopol.

The Zolotoy Vityaz Slavic Art Forum was established in 1992. It has taken place in many Russian cities. Its program includes literature, music, films, theater, and fine arts. In 2018, the Forum takes place in Sevastopol. The motto of the festival is “For moral ideals, for the ascent of the human soul.”

The 27th Zolotoy Vityaz International Film Forum is the largest and the oldest film forum in post-Soviet Russia. Over its 27-year history, Zolotoy Vityaz has held more than seventy full-scale forums in Russia, Ukraine, the Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bulgaria, Transdniestria, and Serbia. Over 8,000 artists from 60 countries have taken part in the forum.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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