March 27, 2006 by AK
Back to dissecting the Russian Soul
This time at Sean’s Russki Blog, while commenting on the unnatural affection for the Georgian monster common not only among the underclass but among the people who, by virtue of their education, have a duty to know better:
Russians are extremely individualistic — more so than Americans can imagine — but they feel their individualistic impulses can be socially distructive because they don’t quite have the social skills for living in a self-governing community. In other words, the Russian I have in mind sees other Russians either as individualistic sociopaths or as selfish cowards unable to resist the sociopaths. This Russian pictures himself with his family as a collective Kitty Genovese in a pool of blood, while his compatriots are either brandishing knives or watching from their windows. Who can save the doomed family? Only the good policeman.
Moreover, most Russians treasure the private, dislike the public and despise the political. The workings of democracy are a dirty mess they don’t want to touch, hence their preference for simple, one-move solutions.
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