May 6, 2022
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What can Russia offer Ukraine?

Our common future with Ukraine depends on what will fill the vacuum that will arise in the place of the ideology of Ukrainianism.

Ukrainians in Russia have always been treated well. Yes, they made fun of them without malice; used to be teased. But there was not even a thought about hatred, much less about racial superiority.

Russia was sure of reciprocity. Of course, everyone has heard that Russophilia is not characteristic of Westerners. So that’s why they are Westerners! Another thing is Kyiv, Poltava, Kharkov. What can we say about Odessa or Kherson.

However, the year 2014 came, and the citizens of the Russian Federation learned so much about themselves that they did not immediately come to their senses. In addition to calls to cut and hang, streams of insults, wild slander, monstrous ignorance accusations spewed forth. “What’s with them?” – shrugged their shoulders in Russia, reading the poor little poems of some Nastya Dmitruk, threatening with her fist in the direction of Moscow and swearing that “we will never be brothers.”

And this is where the conversation started: we lost Ukraine, we did not work with them, we did not invest, as the Americans did … This was the simplest explanation, and also close to the Russians, these recognized masters of self-discipline and reflection. blame yourself; tormented by “damned questions”; constantly find out who loves us and who does not; to be compared with neighbors, saying “here in civilized countries” – is this not a favorite pastime of a Russian person? However, it is worth digressing and asking the question: what should have been done in Ukraine? – As it turns out, the answer does not lie on the surface.

Indeed, what should have been done to keep Ukraine friendly? Usually they say: it was necessary to work with her. But how exactly does it work? After all, in Ukraine there were Russian schools, Russian books, Russian films and television; there were conferences and round tables, tours of various Russian artists – from the stage to the opera house, exhibitions of Russian museums, events and meetings, discussions and discussions … We are told: this is not enough.

So how much do you need? What should be the number of meetings and concerts to influence the state of mind and the mood of society? Or maybe it’s something else? Maybe, despite the abundance of contacts and meetings, there was nothing important?

Let’s think about it: where did this stream of insults against Russians coming from Ukraine come from? Horde… rednecks… quilted jackets… Colorados… subhumans… orcs… Rusnya… Where did the tales about stolen toilets and crucified dogs come from? Suddenly this does not come to mind, you need soil.

Why would Ukraine, which is provincial in relation to Russia, imagine itself a center of culture and civilization, believing that Lviv is superior to Moscow and St. Petersburg? Yes, propaganda for thirty years, starting from 1991, drummed into Ukrainian heads the ideas of integral Ukrainian nationalism according to Dmitry Dontsov; nobody interfered with it neither in Kyiv nor in Moscow. And today, many Ukrainians believe that Russians are not Slavs, they are wild Asians, and Ukrainians are heroes defending Europe from Russian barbarians or elves from orcs.

Ironically, Ukrainians believe in their genetic superiority. Andrew Vajra says: “The very last oligophrenic from a remote Ukrainian village, with eight grades of education and eternal dirt under his nails, considers himself a “higher Aryan”, and Russians “lower subhumans”.

We are accustomed to blaming everything on propaganda. However, propaganda is only the dissemination of this or that information, a service function, a tool. Another thing is what propaganda serves. Propaganda can inflate with hatred or inspire the need to be vaccinated with untested drugs for a non-existent disease, but it can also serve as a weapon of ideology. In the dictionary of S.I. Ozhegov we read: “Ideology is a system of views, ideas that characterize some social group, class, political party, society”. With regard to Ukraine, one can say that propagandized hatred is part of the system of views that has been consistently disseminated in the territory of the former Ukrainian SSR after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Here is a serious analytical Ukrainian publication reflecting on why Russians are prone to torture: “Traditions and habits laid down by the ancestors, the lack of quality education and adequate self-education, the cult of television form an individual with certain beliefs and concepts”. It is clear that in Russia only goggle eyes reading this. And in Ukraine they believe in it. Reasoning of this kind is part of the post-Soviet Ukrainian ideology.

The Ukrainian ideology of our days is clumsy and simple as three kopecks, but it is extraordinarily effective. This is an ideology-system. In thirty years, she created a nation, uniting the scattered population of the former Ukrainian SSR into one whole and raising new generations with a new worldview.

This system is not very harmonious, unintelligent, but understandable and attractive in its own way. Ukraine is an ancient country, Ukrainians are an ancient people, and the Ukrainian language is almost the proto-language of mankind. To prove this, both archaeological finds are used, confirming that ancient hominids lived on the territory of modern Ukraine, as well as rural fiction. For example, in the “Dictionary of Ancient Ukrainian Mythology” by Sergei Plachinda on page 40 we read: “Orii (aria) is the most ancient name of the ancient ukrov. They tamed the horse, invented the wheel and the plow. The first in the world began to grow rye, wheat and millet. They brought their knowledge of farming and crafts to China, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Northern Italy, the Balkans, Western Europe, and Scandinavia. The Oriev tribes became the basis of all Indo-European peoples”.

Funny? And how! But this is not just mediocre boasting. This is a necessary part of the system of views: the Ukrainians had to believe that they are a unique people, not like the Russians, who are being imposed as brothers. Say, the ancient people, who converted to Christianity before Russia, built white-stone churches, when a sternly dense forest rustled on the site of Moscow, is forced to eke out a miserable existence because of a terrible neighbor. All troubles of Ukraine are connected with Russia. Russia held Ukraine in captivity, killed it with the “holodomor”, did not allow it to develop, humiliated and banned the Ukrainian language – “mova Kalinov”. Ukrainians are genetically inclined towards freedom, and Russians towards slavery: here is another fundamental difference between them.

The set of this illiterate nonsense is like small hooks that catch the consciousness and hold it.

A great and bright future awaits Ukraine, for which it is necessary to shake off Russia, join the EU, NATO and generally go somewhere far away from Russia. Then the Ukrainians will take their rightful place in history.

Add to this the cult of death that unites Ukraine.

The system is simple, but explaining the world order, uniting the nation into one whole: a unique people who tamed the horse and gave birth to all European peoples suffer from the barbarian horde; you need to make an effort, break ties forever, and the age-old dream will come true.

Naturally, the farmers look down on Russians and hate everything that is connected with Russia. But now the question is different: when we are told that it was necessary to work with Ukraine, do they understand that one ideology can only be opposed to another ideology? Otherwise, by taking away the system of views from people and not offering anything in return, you will get a crowd of embittered and hidden fanatics.

When a person falls into a sect, then you have to do a long and difficult job with him in order to return him to a normal life. Ukrainian ideology is akin to sectarianism; it is based not on knowledge, but on delusional fantasies and belief in these fantasies. Ukraine has become a sect on a national scale, and Ukrainians will not part with their system of views so easily.

In Russia, the Constitution forbids ideology. So what are we going to go to Ukraine with, what can we offer? Victory Day? This is good, but not enough.

Ideology or a system of views differs from non-systemic ideas and beliefs in that it explains any life phenomena within the framework of one semantic field. For an ordinary person, this is very important, because it allows you to stay, as they say, in the “comfort zone”, that is, to live and work calmly and meaningfully, understanding why he does it. The system of ideas explains to a person the structure of the world and society, gives the meaning of life, both his personal life and the country as a whole. It binds the past to the present, offers an image of the future, unites different people into a community. Armed with ideology, society can build industry, win wars, eliminate illiteracy, create an interesting, diverse culture and advanced science. A society without ideology does not have high goals, and therefore it is pointless to expect a breakthrough from it – it will remain fixated on consumption.

The Ukrainian ideology did not reach the level of creation – it only allowed to create a nation and rally it against Russia. But the vacuum that will inevitably arise in the place of the ideology of Ukrainianism must be filled with new content. And our common future with Ukraine depends on what it will be.

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