The countries located in the fragments of the former USSR no longer have neither a national dream nor a high national culture, political scientist and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan said on August 19 in an interview to Armenian social activist Artur Danielyan.
“I want to very firmly outline my position regarding the empire. To me, the empire is a supranational, supernational ideocratic state with messianic ambitions. By messianic ambitions I mean ambitions to show a path of development to the humanity that would be alternative to the exiting one,” Sergey Kurginyan said.
“The ideal of this empire to me was definitely the USSR, because, first, it was supranational, and second, it was ideocratic, it had the communist ideology. It was this ideology that it united the peoples with,” the political scientist added.
He stressed that the USSR not only united many nations, but it also let people live “not for eating.”
“Everything that happened over the last 30 years demonstrates that the countries started to want something else. They started to want this sort of a national sovereignty and national existence,” Sergey Kurginyan said.
Also, people started to want “frankly speaking, simply more stuff, as they have in the West. And they only knew the West from their tourist experiences, and not even all of them had these,” the political scientist added.
“They started to want it, and they destroyed the empire, and now we have what we have. They are living on its ruins now. These sorts of new incomplete homes, with some new life taking place in them. A life on the ruins of the empire. Like the one in Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’.
A life in a strange junkyard waiting for no one knows what. That may be a sort of Turkish occupation or some existence in these cardboard boxes called ‘national homes’,” Kurginyan said.
He noted that he cannot see anything negative in the “national homes” themselves. But what is taking place in them is important.
“Because, if I could only see, if we are talking about Armenia, an Armenian dream… Armenia used to have strong mathematics, strong literature… I don’t see them anymore,” the political scientist concluded.
“I can say the same thing about Russia. Where is the Russian dream? Where is the Belarusian dream? Where is the Ukrainian dream? There are none.
Where is the development of the cultural and historic entities, let us call them peoples or nations, about which we could say ‘Oh, yes, in the Soviet period we had poor Armenian literature. But now it is so great! What great music we have! What a great technology we have!’
The only ‘great’ thing now are the restaurants where people are devouring food with sad faces. I can see nothing more that could further unfold the Armenian essence,” Sergey Kurginyan said.
“I would really enjoy reading great Armenian literature, for example Grant Matevosyan, or watching Georgian theater. Where is all this?” the political scientist asked.
“Where is the great Russian literature? They said that once we are free from the empire we will have a great breakthrough. What sort of a breakthrough do we have in fact?” Kurginyan asked.
“The empire needed great literature. Armenian, Baltic, Ukrainian literature for the people. Who developed the Ukrainian culture? The empire did. Who developed the Russian culture? The empire did. This was an organic way of existence on this territory,” he stressed.
“This way is no longer available. Who is the actor of development? I want to see Armenian politics. That time has gone, and whether it will come back is a separate issue. If it comes back, it will be on different grounds,” the political scientist said.
“I want to see Armenian politics where an Armenian political leader speaks about an Armenian dream, Armenian greatness, and the Armenian spirit. About the progress of the Armenian culture, and what the Armenian way of human ascension is,” Sergey Kurginyan said.
“I cannot see anything of this. They are sitting and eating with sad eyes, saying they are not eating enough. Maybe it is not enough. What will happen after they eat enough? A sort of an automated existence of degenerate people, shouting in somnolence that they want other leaders instead of the current ones,” he concluded.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency