Turning to Empire?

И. М. Угрин

Abstract


This article is devoted to the situation created after the accession of the Crimea to Russia. We shall review the choice that Russia is to make and has already partially made. And this choice is that of a civilized path of development. Do we assert ourselves as a civilization different from the European one (i.e. the Western), and if that is the case then what kind of spiritual resources have we got to lay in its foundation. Are we returning to the imperial paradigm of nation-building, has an accession process of Russian lands been started or the Crimea case is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon? The author tries to answer these questions and show the possibility of a scenario that takes into account cultural features of the Russian world as an alternative to the current globalization processes. The Russian culture has a universal idea of the Truth. The Truth does not reject the law, but encompasses it. And the law exists as part of the Truth. The law creates opportunities and conditions for freedom. But it is quite an illusion to equate the law with freedom. A free person is not the one who has the law but the one who has known the Truth and lives consciously. Only the Truth can give a human being a feeling of a genuine freedom. The law merely opens a path of knowledge for a person as this path is always individual. The Truth cannot be imposed as one has to discover it on his/her own. And the Truth, which is justice and verity at the same time, is the greatest aspiration of the Russian soul. Only a nation with self-consciousness can be a historical nation, the one making history and itself within the history. Otherwise it is bound to become an object of manipulation by the cunning politicians. There is neither self-consciousness without culture, nor any future for the nation without values that the nation is ready to sacrifice perishable wealth for.

Keywords


civilization; Russia; Crimea; empire; culture; law; truth; multipolar world; self-consciousness

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