The significance of space in Russian thinking   (Published: 04.09.2019)

Where does the Russian mindset come from?

The state development of Russia and Russianness differs from that of many other countries. The leading philosophy of the world that opens outside the cave is the unity of people and the sharing of space and reality with people, nowadays, with the world around us. The phenomenon is known as a communality that has evolved over the millennia to the present shape. Communality and the values ​​that emphasize its various dimensions are force fields that are either at odds with or congruent with a holistic view.

This force that fosters the unity of the various components is known in the modern world as "Integrity". The physical environment also has an impact on our lives. When the common space is limited, it acts as a common denominator in our consciousness, either as part of its mental or physical dimension. It is manifested in the time dimension as the past, here and now as reality and as a vision of the future. When enough space is available, the dimensions of the mind work differently in the dynamics of the community. The community also has a collective consciousness and self-steering mechanism.

Space as the starting point for state development

Man in his cultural environment has to make choices between being alone and being communal. Living in a cave was forced to survive due to external threats. At that time the concept of "loyalty" was not known. Outside the cave, meeting the world as it was also created loyalty to the community. Communality was in constant change as a result of choices made by individuals.

The creation of a communal space also creates a need to defend it. One of the burdens of the space gained using force is the need for its continuous expansion. It is difficult to determine fairness and reasonableness of the amount of space. The significance of the past and the needs of the future fill the space in the collective consciousness with less attention "here and now reality".

When communality is replaced by the vertical of top-down power - the past, the future, and the "rule" of preserving space are emphasized in the choices made by the leadership of the country. People's needs, aspirations, and their own culture are adapted to serve as tools for the "greatness vision" often derived from official history writing, also for the present and for the future. It has also been the starting point and justification for Russia's lack of a social policy based on the needs of its citizens and an equalization mechanism in the management of its citizens' rights.

From beliefs to orthodoxy in Christianity

For centuries, the vertical tradition of power in Russia has marked its development for centuries. The values ​​world is largely derelict from Byzantium, where the emperor was the only legislator, supreme jurist and army chief. After the fall of Byzantium, Russia declared itself to be, and in fact in many respects has been the heir of the Roman Empire and Byzantium. The rise of Moscow, the new Constantinople, as the center of Orthodox and Russian culture was in line with the vertical concept of autocratic power.

During this period of development, Russia's problem was its isolation from the rest of the world. Also, the low level of inter-ethnic communication within the country was problematic compared to other nations. Harmony is at the heart of Chinese society. When an individual and society are in harmony with one another, it creates symmetry within the community. Symmetry involves interaction. The Silk Road was the physical platform for the interplay between East and West cultures, peaking in the period 800-1200. Russian development followed this development from forests north of the steppes.

Two odyssey - colonialism and socialism

The incorporation of the Siberian and North American territories into Russia between 1400 and 1800 differed from the rest of the geographical expansion. Russia's expansion in the Caucasus and Central Asia followed the same lines as the Western countries in their colonial policies. In their historical writing, Russia (1200 - 1917) and the Soviet Union (1921 - 1991) do not recognize the existence of colonial politics in their own history. In Russia, there is no known Annalist historical writing in France in the 19th century that links the subject matter to the context of social and political development.

The great socialist revolution of October 1917 made no exception to the autocratic leadership of Russian space-thinking. During socialism, unrestricted sovereignty was represented by a conscious national interest - the Russian Communist Party (NKP). It was a power-making body that acted in a representative manner over elected state structures. While the Byzantine system militarized the countryside with the help of military farmers, the Soviet economy militarized the entire economy. Space racing was part of this race between East and West.

By 1991, people no longer believed in the functioning of socialism. Why - still share opinions. There is agreement in the Soviet republics and in the new post-disintegration states that it was time to end the end of asymmetry between goals and reality. We had to return to a more modest concept of the state. Threats to the existence of a state can also be based on internal factors, not just external threats, justifying the use of force and military armament. The Soviet Union disintegrated from the inside without a concrete vision of the future.

Asymmetry continues in history writing

Since 1992, there has been no major social change in the former Soviet republics. State property is distributed, and this mass of property is managed differently than under socialism. Arms competition  continues in their former form, because Russia's existence, in particular, continues to be based on power doctrine. The US, Russian, and Chinese leadership-related mantles of power intimidate others and eliminate the fears of their own citizens about the future as much as the past. Legislation creates cross-border laws to strengthen your influence. Russia still lacks innovation, the ability to apply new knowledge in economic and social activities. Nation and Russianness development do not look good in top-down leadership.

Prosperity within Russia and other former Soviet republics is unlikely to change, although the world's largest vertical of power has been replaced by smaller new entities. An exception is the Baltic countries, which are developing differently. The world community is evolving in the direction that the great powers are spreading their mantras through the media. The new intergovernmental world is evolving in terms of the 'space dimension and the vertical of power'. Sustainable development and intergovernmental treaty practices must not be the only approach to changing the world. The same structures should not design and evaluate global change programs. There must be other perspectives.

On the role of sustainable development in the world

Sustainable development is awareness, where things are viewed from an environmental and life-sustaining perspective. There is another angle of entry - the transfer of know-how, the genetic code. Boxing kangaroo males or high-speed running bison bulls do not work to harm their species mate, but the primary purpose is to transfer the best genetic material. Live objects have intuitive functions that produce the desired result in terms of end results. Cultures and their resulting subjects have no such dimension.

Is there any justification for gender equality if there is enough evidence of the role of diversity in achieving life diversity based on gender differences? Life should not be measured by its single individual components. It should be evaluated from the perspective of a new entity and expertise. When a wider perspective, a historical perspective, is involved, they open to their observers in different ways. State and private weapons of mass destruction offer no guarantee of the continuation or passage of "their own community or genetic heritage" to future generations.

As we evaluate the "post-cave evolution" and the community-based policies that have emerged from it (shamanism, religions, democracy, and state structures as their agents), we need to understand more fully the impact of the environment on our worldview. Sustainable development does not come from vertical power. We also need to allow room for different thinking and change management. There is also room for the Russian bear as a symbol of power, while the Russian people, and especially its youth, are trying to make the leadership understand the importance of dialogue in people-to-people contacts. The worst thing would be to do a disservice to Russia's faceless pursuit of the world community.

High chant for people’s cooperation

The Western-backed reform policy that began in 1992 in Russia and the former Soviet republics has been an odyssey for Western governments. Its preparation and implementation are difficult to accept. The reason will be the superficiality of the content of the reform programs and their implementation without a historical perspective. Where were the principles of Roman law when privatized and transferred from the state to new owners? Emphasizing the spatial dimension in the Community is just the sin of the "ignorance" of larger things and justice.

The Club of Rome and sustainable development already existed in the 1990s. A good thing can be ruined if the methodology used conflicts with the content. In the long term, these programs seek to create community and global integration. Loyalty builds only in the primary community outside the cave. Without individual loyalty, the world cannot be changed by the programs of the world community. Diversity does not arise as vertical shoots of power.

The needs for change for individuals, communities, and the correction of historical injustices, such as the 'adjustment' of the colonial era for the world economy, the establishment of an international ex-post tribunal for compensation procedures for the nationalization of private property through compensatory taxes. They would free the world from the "spatial dimension and the vertical burden of power" in the international relations of different countries and communities.

Democracy and peace issues would also be given a new alternative to guide future development if the world community were able to achieve a new expression of will through the dual-use civil declaration of technology. It would be a collective manifestation of the will of individuals, communities and the state to govern dual-use technologies. Declaration and commitment to its principles would make room for a different future in the human mind.

© Asumer Oy / Heikki K. Auvinen, 2019


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