[ Gastbeitrag von Prof. em. Dr. Vladimir Golstein, Slavic Studies, Yale University, New Heaven, USA.]
One of the most beloved Russian song-writers, Bulat Okudzhava, has this well-known song, called, „Soiuz druzei“ (Unity of Friends) with the refrain: „let’s hold each other hands so that we won’t be destroyed one by one“
It is almost a cliche within Russian context. Russian culture always stresses unity, unison, togetherness, cooperation and so on. Slavophiles of the XIX century insisted that it is this unity (sobornost‘) that differentiates Russia from the west with its stress on individualism, separation, tension, competition.
Russian believe in unity might appear as naive or cheese for „proud western mind,“ but the further we go along, the more relevant it becomes.
There are problems that the world faces that simply can’t be solved on one’s own, exceptional as one can be. One can probably fly away on some individual rocket, but those staying on earth, will have to go it together. That’s why I am getting more and more convinced that anyone who is preaching separateness, some sort of „identity politics“ nonsense, the theories that pit people against each other, is the most reactionary fool, no matter how progressive he appears in his own mind.
It is no longer, „proletarians of the world unite,“ it is people of the world unite. One can approach it from the top (we all are children of God) or from the bottom (mother earth needs our communal effort for protection), but it is there. The writings are on the wall. They have been there from the start; the letters are becoming more and more legible, however.