Political Interest wrote:Dear Alexander Blok who helped to promote Sergei Yesenin's career in his early days. Truly a great Russian persona.
Indeed. He was an example of the best of the Russian bourgeoisie at the time of the Revolution. He was a diamond glittering in a garbage heap.
What I like about this poem is that through it is a constant appeal, the appeal for brotherhood. It was these barbarians who saved Europe in 1945. We must never forget this, along with the Americans, who themselves for the most part were once upon a time also barbarians.
Europe must rediscover its barbarian self. Not to plunder or destroy but to learn to be itself again, to go back to the roots. All of Europe's errors and mistakes arose after it became fully civilised and became what it is today.
Indeed. We have forgotten who we truly are. We like to think we are the heirs of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but in fact we are the heirs of the Germanic barbarians who sacked Rome. We forget this fact at our peril.
I believe Western civlisation today is completely alienated from its true self. It does however need some frame of reference from the east to rediscover what it is and what it could be, how to free itself from the unfortunate trajectory it has taken. The West could benefit for example from Confucianism.
This is, in part, what the counter-culture of the 1960s was about - the younger generation looked to the East for answers to Western cultural and civilisational problems. With mixed results, it has to be said.
Some time ago I saw a video of a Russian expert, I think it may have been Andrei Fursov, who said that he saw cathedrals in Europe and it occurred to him that Europe would never build anything like that ever again.
We have lost a shared faith, which means we have lost our shared, communal identity, which made the great medieval cathedrals possible.
And speaking of cathedrals, could it be that for a civilisation to keep progressing (if you will permit me to use this word, in perhaps the most ironic of senses) it must be driven by some spiritual or religious life, some type of transcendental foundations?
The concept of progress is a form of teleology, and, like any teleology, it must come from outside itself. This is what Walter Benjamin referred to as the "storm blowing out of Paradise"....
Who are the proletariat in our civilisation today would you say?
The proletariat are the proletariat. Lol.
Perhaps what people don't understand is that life is not always about being happy. Sometimes you are not in the mood to be happy. The way in which you approach religion may not be in a happy mood. Who said that religion's purpose was to make us happy?
Samuel Butler foresaw a time when being unhappy would be regarded as a medical condition requiring treatment, and physical illnesses would be regarded as moral failings. Perhaps he was more prescient than he knew.