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CULTURE AND THE RUSSIAN SOUL - PART ONE           When considering Russian culture between 1500-8000 years ago,  the keys to consider are:   1) The Russians’ Hunter/Gatherer ancestors went the furthest east off the  Western European plains when the entire group was eased by out the  agriculturalists. 2) Unlike any other later Eastern-Europeans, only the Russians’ ancestors  evolved primarily in the forest, rarely venturing onto the steppe and the  tundra, thus maintaining a raw hunter/gatherer mentality until modern  times. 3) This meant their food sources didn’t evolve from animal husbandry as  well, so they have nothing in common with grass-harvesting Central  Asians. 4) To this day, Russians don’t like agriculture and they don’t like animal  husbandry. They love hunting and fishing.  These above ancient factors must be considered first and foremost when  analyzing MODERN Russia. Russians can’t begin to understand farming-  evolved/animal husbandry types, who value the different variables of time  much more greatly because of known and secure food planning. In the  most basic sense, for Russians, time is always short and the most dire of  consequences (food or non-food related) is always possible in the short-  term. These mindsets have been reinforced into their heads repeatedly for  THOUSANDS OF YEARS, aided by at least 7-8 months a year of brutally  cold weather and harsh natural conditions.  Their instinctive awareness of  having dealt with this successfully and survived/thrived (especially on the  part of women) gives them a great sense of strength and security.  So most  are happily and contentedly iced-in, being isolated between the 1  st  and 3rd  worlds.  Conversely, agriculturally/animal-husbandry-evolved types can’t  understand Russians. It’s very hard to imagine going back into an  evolutionary process 8000+ years and then trading fertile plains for forests.  So today, Russians and non-Russians still really don’t understand each  other and, most importantly, probably never will given the short span of  individual human lifetimes. Suffice it to say that for non-Russians, the  Russians’ cripplingly-restrained, short-term quick-judgment-and-resolution- by-force style of living will continue unabated, being totally un-influenced  by the modern world.  CULTURE AND THE RUSSIAN SOUL - PART TWO  When considering Russian culture between 1500 years ago and the  present, the important variables are ALWAYS, taken together:  1. Pagan  vs.  non-pagan.     2. Religious belief vs. pagan belief.     3. Religious/pagan beliefs vs. indigenous beliefs.  Always keep in mind that native tribes have stretched from the Komis  in  northeast  European  Russia all the way east  to the Pacific Ocean, from times predating the ice  age and the arrival of European hunter/gatherers some 20,000 years ago,  and these tribes have mixed with eastern European hunter/gatherers for  the last 5000 years, at least.   Lots  of variables here.     4. Religious/pagan/indigenous beliefs  vs.  agriculturally-evolved  impartial scientific non-socio-political analysis/intellectual thought.    5.  Religious/pagan/indigenous beliefs and agriculturally-evolved  scientific/intellectual analysis  vs.  recently-evolved hunter-gatherer  scientific intellectual analysis.  6. Recently-evolved hunter-gatherer scientific intellectual analysis vs.  recently-evolved hunter-gatherer creative  command socialist  realism/subjectivity.   Actuarial statistical boundaries are being pushed  here,  always involving people on the same land mass without outward  migration.   Thus, it is tough for Russians, having had all of these conflicts  as a legacy of influence, to believe in anything strongly.  So generally,  today’s Russian will inherently draw from the above and mould an  individualized,  customized view of the  world which will suit his/her real life  existence---regardless of life path---and ignore everyone except close  family members and associates.   Of course, as might be expected, magic  and superstition also play a role, as do mythology and astrology.  (*KEY*)   The main thing is that ALL of the above, in varying degrees, have played a  role in shaping  the  contemporary Russian mind, along with the long-  standing, very slowly-evolving hunter/gatherer mindset.  Finally, Stalin’s  punishing effects on  societal elements like upbringing, work, money, and  family plus his social engineering wrap up the important influences on the  Russian psyche, keeping it fully subjugated.
       So now, let’s make a bridge between this complex above and reality in simple  terms.  There are 4 things that link all light-skinned Russians together.  They have  formed  the basis of the Russian soul for the last millennium, at least.  In no  particular order of importance, they are:     1) The RIGHT to build a fortress.     2) The size and greatness of mother Russia.   3) The attitude:  screw the poor, God will take care of them.     4) The attitude:  aw, the hell with everything---let’s celebrate the immediate  present, forget about the future (and any negative consequences of doing this)   and  forget about our cares and worries.   (*KEY*)  Over 99% of what happens in  Russia can be explained by one of these variants, or several  together, primarily in  a hunter-gatherer mindset.   These apply to individuals, families, businesses,   governments,  ANYONE  AND  EVERYTHING.    Fortress building means take  when possible from any vulnerable source using ANY MEANS NECESSARY.  This  behavior is expected and accepted as normal and is to be commended.   Great  Russia is a Pan-Slavic size-thing, with bigger meaning better---and big being  meant to control small.  This is combined with Slavic nationalism and Russian  patriotism  as well.  Screw the poor allows the subjection of the most vulnerable  93% of the population to even greater risk at the hands of the powerful  and  influential , but it also allows those who haveth more to wreak havoc on those who  haveth less, in general.   Aw, hell  was born from the sense that individuals can  rarely have ANY control of their lives and that governments were very resistant to  change.  It also reflects Russia’s love of short-term planning only and disdain of  long-term planning.  Aw hell is used by all people, because tomorrow is never  guaranteed (health, wealth, status, etc.) in Russia.        Here are some examples of each.   Fortress---besides the obvious link between  hunting/ gathering and colonialism/conscription, and the Berlin Wall, there is the  city of Moscow.  The entire strength of the country is focused there, in one place,  as if all of the United States’ power rested solely in Washington D.C.    Great  Russia:  the attitude towards Georgia.  How could this little place challenge mighty  Russia???  The same thing happened against tiny Slovenia during recent World  Cup qualifying, with Russian officials having already booked their tickets to So.  Africa…EVERYONE (except the coach), players and country, was sure that size  meant control and victory (note: after the loss, everyone went into Aw, hell mode).   Screw the poor:  Government  health, educational, welfare and other assistance  programs, universally and comprehensively, are not important compared to  defense (fortress) spending, foreign aid, etc.   Remember that 93% of the  population is impoverished.   Aw hell:  The complete degradation of the  environment (who cares about the country’s future?),  the citizenry’s negative  attitude towards politicians/elections (nothing will ever change), and rampant  alcoholism/drug use (no individual future; this resembles the Western “no hope  without dope” mentality).  This is the main reason Russians drink, rather than  socializing.  The internet has made the outside world more visible, making  people’s aspirations for themselves and Russian society improving less realistic.       Also,  Russians  think mainly about the present, and excepting marriage never  look further ahead than 12 months.  Existence is  about sustaining current life and  not about having prospects for the long term future; this is accomplished by  extended family members all contributing support to the unit, much the way  migrant families do in western cultures initially to combat high costs of living.   The  basic social network is the immediate close family, closest friends, and possibly a  few work associates.  Informal  socializing (business or otherwise) and casual  networking  with unknowns are unthinkable, except via the internet to a small  extent.  Russian feelings have a differently-evolved cultural base…every day, they  are much closer to basic life and death situations.  In their less-secure hunter-  gatherer/it’s me or you/hunt or be hunted/divide and conquer mindset, one’s basic  existence is always under some kind of threat.  Life is simpler and thus ALWAYS  more easy to explain---this is the main reason why for them, the West is easily  analyzable.  Basic emoting is done much more often than in the West, which  places a more balanced emphasis on emoting and thinking in a more secure  environment.  It’s hard for many people in Russia, especially women, to think  much with confidence when there are so many societal restraints and hardships to  face every day in relation to basic survival.  (*KEY*)  This does not imply that one  evolved system is better than another.  (*KEY*)  The most important thing is to  recognize and respect these differences, ESPECIALLY in relation to Russia’s  dictatorial approaches toward real constitutional law and  international affairs.      Historically, the family unit has been dominated by the father but  operated/controlled by the women, so the children tend to be pacifistic, obedient,  and compliant.  This fact, supported by the entire country’s forced isolation, has  enabled tyrants and criminals to utilize these compliant young adults for their  plans.  This will continue as more and more women raise children without men,  completely.        Asians and Russians hate each other because they see similar behaviors,   despite great differences in appearance,  in each other.   Example:  The Chinggis  Syndrome, as exhibited by Kim Jong  Il and his North Korean-founding father.    One who is afflicted by this syndrome believes that because there is only one sun  in the sky, so there can be only one absolute and revered leader;  Kim really  believed this in our modern world because he is descended from from  Chinggis  Khan himself, like many Koreans--- the Mongolians arrived on the Korean  Peninsula in 1257, not long after colonizing Russia.  The eastern path to Korea  was open and unimpeded,  and not affected by any southerly Great Walls.  The  two cultures have done a lot of cross-breeding.  Scratch a Mongol, you get a  Korean, and vice versa.  Siberia is just to the north!!!   The most important  common parallel is POWER of the elites at the expense of the mass population.    Asians however, being agrarian, are much more settled and thus more moderate  and flexible in their perspectives.