“Are we going to get our own Washington, with his new and righteous law?”
T.H. Shevchenko, 1857, Ukrainian poet
Let us consider some important moments in the history of humankind. Maybe we will discover the keys to the subconscious of the Vatniks (folks who are supporters of Putin.–GP).
Every year on July the 4th, the USA celebrates the Independence Day. Independence from what? From Europe? Yes. That’s exactly right. It’s the Day of Independence of the USA from Europe. And it is, really, a very important moment in the history of civilization..
We see that unlike the European Union, Americans are fast in their support of the Ukrainian freedom and independence. They are much more expedient in imposing sanctions on Russia, and they know how to convince their European partners that it is the right thing to do. It seems so bizarre that Europe does not see the imminent danger to her, and stalls in her effort to stop the madness of the Kremlin, which is so conspicuous. Can it be that Europe has her own Vatniks? The answer is yes. And there are many of them. Is it a paradox? No. It can be rationally explained.
Reference: “Vatnik” – quilted jackets are popular Russian clothes made of cotton wool.
When say “Vatnik” mean – cotton wool in mind of Putin’s fan.
Let us take a closer look at the USA and at that day, July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. It was before the French revolution. Europe was still ruled by monarchs. In some parts of Europe, heretics were still burned at stakes, and the air stank of smoke and fried human meat. Those in Europe who aspired to live free left for the land across the ocean. Those who preferred to stay in Europe included many who were successful in the existing system of repression and comfortable in living under the tyrannical powers.
In states with absolute monarchy, people are happy to serve their Monarch. They experience pride, joy, happiness, and deep satisfaction doing it. The Monarch has all rights in the world. He controls his subjects’ thoughts, and he is the one who can take his subjects’ lives. Or their property. Everything.
The opposition to monarchy began in Europe many centuries ago. A lot of blood was spilled in these battles for the rights of human beings as opposed to the rights of the Monarch. Some of this blood was the blood of monarchs.
Today, there are twelve monarchies in Europe (Andorra, Belgium, Vatican, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden). Even those these monarchies are not tyrannical, the Europeans’ mindset finds Putin’s monarchic behavior more or less normal and understandable.
On the other hand, Ukraine for them is just a bunch of rebels who rose against the monarchy. Knowing this, Putin wages most intense informational war in Europe, speculating on the deep subconscious layers of the European monarchic sentiment. Indeed, a monarch has all the rights, because he is strong. What he says goes. So, if Catalu?a demands independence from Spain, the Spaniards with their monarchic sub-conscience will support Putin – rather than Ukraine, which serves as an encouraging example for Catalu?a.
The mindset of a Vatnik is simple. It is “might is right.” Any other mentality, especially the one that accent on freedom, equality, and brotherhood, is simply beyond comprehension. Vatniks can be believers in God, but to them, God is also a kind of Monarch, like the Russian Patriarch Kirill. This is the key to the Vatniks’ subconscious. No explanations are ever needed. He who is the Monarch is right. The Vatnik mindset, however, is fragile. Under certain circumstances, it will quickly adjust to the idea that the USA is a great country and Putin is a sissy.
One can appreciate how important this key is only if one begins to work, directly, with the Vatnik hearts and minds.
As for you and me, my dear compatriots, we have our destination: freedom, equality, fraternity, and faith in the Almighty. Our conscience is free from the influence of all monarchs in the world, from all those who think that they have the right to tell us how to live.
The thing is, this moral imperative is so different from the imperative of Vatniks. And the source of this imperative for us is in the USA rather than in the traditionally monarchic Europe or Muscovy.
We will have our chance to talk about this moral imperative in the future. Just note that this topic is a very important one. Let me now just say this. When judges make their ruling, they take into account not only paragraphs of the law, but also moral principles. “What is truth?…”