Voices from Russia

Saturday, 7 May 2016

7 May 2016. Old Russian Wisdom… Our Ancestors Weren’t Angels

00 Marina Ruslanova. Our Ancestors Weren't Angels. 2016

Our Ancestors Weren’t Angels

Marina Ruslanova

2010s

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“Our ancestors weren’t angels and our kids won’t be devils” is a free (idiomatic) translation of the above aphorism. In other words, “Our ancestors were all-too-human… so were we… so, why does it surprise you that our kids are the same?” It’s a gentle cynicism of the better sort… that is, “Why do you expect them to be any better than we were and our parents were? The Circle of Life goes on”. What amuses me is to see the young ‘uns led astray by this-or-that Pied Piper. Didn’t we do the same in our day, too? Didn’t we get carried away by our enthusiasms and try to “save the world?” Well… the world went on its merry way and we grew up. So will the kids. Of course, they’re a royal Pain-in-the-Arse in the meantime… but so were we! The Church has survived earnest young priests in the past… it’ll continue to do so. We’ll just have to be there to catch them when they (inevitably) fall flat on their ass…

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

30 April 2016. Old Russian Wisdom… An Egg is Priceless on a Holy Day

00 Marina Ruslanova. An Egg fis Priceless on a Holy Day. Marina Ruslanova. 2010s

An Egg is Priceless on a Holy Day

Marina Ruslanova

2010s

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This is in the style of “folk” popular luboks (crude prints for mass distribution). It’s an Old Russian proverb… Дорого яичко к святому дню literally is “An egg is priceless on a holy day”, which carries the meaning of “Anything done at the right time is appreciated”.

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Friday, 30 August 2013

30 August 2013. Video. Голубые береты. Память (Blue Berets. “Memory”)

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The Blue Berets (founded 1985) are an official ensemble of the VDV, it’s the only musical group in the Russian forces where all of its members are Honoured Artists of the Russian Federation. This vid dates from 1987… in late Sov times. Do note that the audience stood in respect of the fallen. Patriotism isn’t passée in Russia, no siree. All those who wish to attack the legacy of the Soviet Union (such as Victor Potapov) aren’t truly of us, heart and soul. They’ve sold their precious birthright for money, homes in the “right” suburb, and applause from the enemies of our narod, our faith, and our culture. I, for one, refuse to give up any of the positive things that the Sovs brought in. We still have Nazi collaborators (and their families) amongst us. We won’t be clean until we root out their influence… all too many of them sold out to the West; they oppose the Orthosphere. Sad, ain’t it?

By the way, although I oppose the wars used to advance American hegemonism, I’m not a pacifist. No way, no how. I’m against pointless wars in foreign parts fought to enrich the Affluent Effluent, paid for not only with our money, but with the spilt blood of our ordinary kids (the affluent, such as Willy Romney, Paul Ryan, and Rush Limbaugh refused to serve, but they DO beat the war-drums loudly and constantly, dontcha know)… that’s obscene. I respect all who fell… their patriotism and devotion are clean. I hate and oppose the warmongers… they deserve no pity or quarter. I think that all decent people can see the difference…

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