The Russians are mad. No, I don’t mean they’re angry. Rather, I mean they’re insane. But these two mental states are often hard to tell apart. And I don’t mean to suggest that Russia isn’t highly irritated, if not truly angry. But truly angry people can’t think clearly enough to play chess. And Russia is currently playing several magnificent games, at the same time, against both the post-Christian West and the Muslim East. My hat is off to both Vlad and Kyrill. They are brilliant. But they are, nevertheless, deeply insane.
Now a number of folks seem to be under the impression that I am a fan of Vlad and Kyrill. Contraire, mon frére. I do think however that they are our best hope (humanly speaking) of avoiding an all-out Western-materialist war against Islam, which we can’t win short of a nuclear conflagration. But it remains to be seen what will happen after Emperor Donald lets Vlad take the reins in the Mid-East. Nevertheless, we can get a pretty good idea of what is coming if we understand the roots of Russia’s insanity. (Note: if I’m wrong about November, and it’s Empress Hillary at the wheel, we’re back to the Big War option. She’s anxious to prove she’s as tough as any guy).
But let’s get back to Russia. Her insanity is the result, in large part, of her geographic location. That is, she straddles the line between the mystic East and the material West. And this accident of history, wherein the Slavic people are constantly exposed to the best and the worst of each direction, produces a paralysis of will. Because the East and the West are antithetical to each other. You can’t fully embrace the one without repudiating the other. And our Russian cousins can’t bring themselves to let go of either.
Yes, I know, there is a mystical element to Western thought, but only within the Catholic world. The rest is strictly materialistic self-worship. That is the heart of materialism.
And I know that there is a material element in the East, at least among the ruling class. But the rest of their Eastern culture is built on self-denial. That is the heart of mysticism. Ask any Chinaman if he is more important than his ancestors. Then ask a Buddhist the same. Then ask a Muslim if his tribe is more important to him than his own life. But be sure to ask him before he explodes.
Now ask a Russian this same question. Depending on how you phrase it, you may get different answers. If the question is ‘is the Party more important than your life’, the answer these days is ‘no’. But if you ask ‘is Orthodoxy more important than your life’, the answer is, increasingly, ‘yes’. Then if you ask ‘is wealth more important than your life’, he will look at you like you’re an idiot, because you’d have to be to ask that question. What good is wealth without life? Now ask, ‘is life without wealth worth living’? The answer, again, is increasingly, ‘no’. See the mix?
So let’s look at classical insanity. That’s when someone tries to contain two diametrically opposed thoughts within their skull at the same time. Eventually, something has to give. Here’s an example. Sigmund Freud was insane. Brilliant but insane. Why? Because he said that neurosis was caused by mental repression and that the cure was to quit repressing. Or failing that, snort some cocaine. So which is it, Ziggy? Mind or matter? Which was the root of things? Physical or mental? Oh yes, and I almost forgot—he engaged in some of the very things (like incest with his niece) that produced the neurosis (guilt?) in some of his other patients, and apparently in himself. So, heal thyself first, physician?
Anyway, most insanity is harmless. Girls who complain that men look at them below eye-level still wear things that attract that gaze. Well, which is it? Do you want to be desired for your mind or your looks? We all know the answer—they want both. They’re mad if you look, and mad if you don’t. Oh well. But as long as women do not possess nuclear weapons, we are relatively safe. But now we are back to the question of Hillary, right?
So what happens when an entire nation is afflicted with an inability to choose between two seeming goods? After all, what’s intrinsically wrong with wealth? And isn’t spirituality a good thing? Well, yes to both, in a general sense. As long as your wealth wasn’t unfairly gained at the expense of another. And as long as your spirit friends aren’t demons. And therein lies the problem for Russia. She sees the wealth of the West, but which was gained (in so many cases) at the expense of others. And when she looks East, she sees the dreamy allure of nihilistic mysticism that will inevitably eradicate the believer’s personality. And she is both attracted and repulsed by each. And up to this point in time, she has not been able to choose one over the other. Why? Because the people of Russia (as distinct from her leaders, both material and spiritual) are capable of goodness. Just like us. But they have no honest leaders. Their leaders are wolves. Just like ours. And you know what happens when someone is raised by wolves.
Because of this unfortunate situation of location, betwixt the East and the West, Russia is unable to see that there is a third way. The way that gives equal weight to both body and soul, matter and mind. The choice that says both can be fairly had, while still keeping a person’s honesty and individuality. The blindness to this choice is what has led her to this conundrum. But soon, very soon, she will have to decide. Whether she can see or not.
Why will she have to decide? After all, she has spent a thousand years in this limbo of equal desires. Why now? The answer is simple, my friend. Demographics. The window of opportunity is closing, and closing fast. The Moslems, Hindus and Chinese are growing like weeds. I don’t care how much anyone talks about fertility ratios. When each of these three groups is ten times larger than you, and each has a fertility ratio greater than you (even though each is falling), then you’d better make your move while you still have a trump card. An ace in the hole. The Ace of Nukes. Better play it before the other guy draws a wild card. And now you see why the question of madness looms so large.
So which way will Russia move? She is bound to the East by the hypnotic Hesychasm of Orthodoxy. Do not gloss over this fact. It is much bigger than you think. It has had a profound effect on the formation of Russia, and how she has perceived herself as the Third Rome. But this dream she has of herself is so enticing, so utterly hyp-gnotic, that she doesn’t really want to wake up. Pity the person that awakens this Bear.
But at the same time, Russia is bound to the West by a lust for wealth and power. She has been in thrall to the West since Peter the Great and his grandson Tsar Alexis repudiated the spirituality of the ‘Old Believers‘.
You can blame her intermarriage to the Prussians and Saxons for this, as the Romanov dynasty lay captive in her other dream, the dream of Teutonic glory. She held to this desire from the time of Peter I until Nicholas II in 1917. By the way, did you know that Solzhenitsyn said (in August 1914) the best Russian generals in WWI all had German names? Then again, the best German general was French. Go figure.
And so Russia is still blinded by her dreams, both Eastern and Western. Blind to the third way that would give her what she needs most—the truth. And if you want to know what this truth is, you need to listen to the one Russian who understood all of this; Vladimir Solovyev. The pre-eminent philosopher of Russia, who died in 1900. He foresaw the whole bloody stretch of 20th Century history. He knew what would happen, because he had identified the dark spot on the Russian soul. Take a few minutes and read his work The Russian Idea. It’s only fifty pages.
This work is what led to all of his later and greater works, which are astounding. Acquaint yourself with this giant, if you truly want to understand Russia. Then see if you can guess the third way that Russia must choose if she, and we, are to live in peace. Here’s a hint: will Russia enter the Second Rome with pride, or the First Rome with meekness? It all depends on this choice.
But meanwhile, the clock is ticking on the explosive vest. Russia will have to decide soon, before her enemies decide for her. And we have a decision to make as well: is Russia truly our enemy? Are we any less mad? We too must decide, and soon. Because one way or another, we’re all going along for a globalist ride. So step into the car, Komrade. Come quietly and no one (here) will get hurt. Maybe.