Kurginyan: Young people need to understand their place and role in society

07.06.2023, Moscow.

Young people must realize that their homeland, their Motherland – needs them, depends on them, that the place and the role of a young person in a society should be determined not only by the salary, said philosopher, political scientist, leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on May 26 in the program Conversation with a Sage on the Zvezda radio.

According to Sergey Kurginyan, nowadays, young people lack incentives to work in the field of science or to work in the country’s defense industry, because they do not understand their place and role in society.

“What do you say to the young people? Will you continue telling them that they should work hard for the defense industry, and their salary will be one hundred thousandth of what Abramovich earns? How do you see it? Who are they? Suckers? Whoever chooses such a path, for the lack of a better one, keeps working, and without enthusiasm. Above all, they must understand their place and role in a society. This is not determined solely by the salary, however, this, too, is important,” noted the political scientist.

The Soviet experience, where young scientists were successfully motivated with fair wages, should be taken into considerations, explained Kurginyan.

“How much was I earning when I received my Ph.D., while remaining a junior research fellow? I was earning 195 rubles per month salary, at the time. How much did I earn when I became a senior researcher? 230–250 rubles per month salary. How much did I earn when I became the leader of a group or a branch? 350 rubles per month. How much did I get paid when I became a professor? 550 rubles per month. How much did my father earn as a department head, as a professor, and so on? It’s getting closer to 700 per month. How many people could earn such salaries at the time?” continued Kurginyan.

According to the analyst, the issue is not how much did the head of the department earn during the Soviet times, but “the fact that no one else had received wages higher than academicians, ministers and marshals.”

Soviet scientists understood why the Motherland was paying their salaries, stressed Kurginyan: “And everyone understood why. Whether it was Korolev or Kapitsa, or Sakharov, everyone understood that they were earning their salaries for their work on developing a hydrogen bomb.” Still, to this day, people have to earn salaries so that they understand the importance of their work.

“And what is going on here? It’s taking place in a private sector; all it’s still justified by the fact that they’re risking their personal money. They may go broke. This is a very delicate issue, I can tell a lot in regards to it. And how about the public sector? Can they go broke? Or not? And, what about inequality? We’ll keep it as well? Well, for starters, you have to pay people big enough salaries so they understand they’re the salt of the earth! – urged the leader of Essence of Time.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency