The authorities and citizens in Russia were surprised to find that the hate of their country had become even greater after the country took a course towards integration with the West, said philosopher, political scientist, the leaser of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on February 25 in an interview to the Conversation With a Sage program on the Zvezda radio.
For a long time, the authorities believed that if generally accepted Western standards and norms were adopted, then it would be possible to live in peace with the West, explained the philosopher.
“For a very long time after the end of the Soviet Union and during its last days <…> many believed a concept that we are always looking for enemies, both at the philosophical and at the everyday level. That we have enemies. But if we suddenly decide to become like everyone else, we really are not going to have any foes. If we become reasonably bourgeois, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel and to come up with our own social model for the future, then we’ll just fit into the fairway of the global process and everyone will just love us for it,” noted Kurginyan.
In the meantime, according to the authorities, “the current level of anti-Western attitudes and the perception about the threat to Russians from the West is higher than it was during the Brezhnev era,” emphasized the political scientist.
Neither Brezhnev, nor Stalin, Khrushchev, or Andropov would ever demonstrate at a major official event what trajectories the missiles with nuclear warheads would follow in the event of an attack from the West, but this has already been shown on Russian television in our modern era, explained the expert.
“Such comments that this is satanism had also not been heard in the Soviet era,” added the political scientist. The situation in such that Russia increasingly tried to fit into the West and be like it, while the West more and more rejected such integration with Russia.
“So, we have suddenly discovered that, in fact, after we became like everyone else, they began to hate us more than in the days when we were unlike everyone else,” added the analyst.
Who and when would dare to curse Dostoevsky, or Tchaikovsky; to deny the Russian culture in general, wondered the philosopher. Now, Russia is faced with the fact that Russians are hated not because they are Soviet or communist, but they are hated because they are Russians.
“And all the claims that it’s because they are communists are empty: they hate indiscriminately, and they call everyone Russian regardless of their last names: Rabinovich, Kurginyan, Bilbul-Ogly, or something else. They hate him because he speaks Russian, thinks in Russian, and so on and so forth; because he is a Russian Ivan,” explained Kurginyan.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency