“We live in a sad age. Imperialism, totalitarianism, perestroika… 20th century Russia had its share of problems, but at least they had an ideology. Russia today has nothing.”
This is one of those things that tears me apart. Russia has never really been an ecstatic, happy country, but during Soviet times there were periods of content. Sure, we had shortages and you couldn’t travel into the evil west, but people knew what they were living for (the greater good, society as a whole) and they were content doing it. People had a place to live, work and children went to school; all was regulated and expected. Now, Russia is free and it doesn’t know what to do with that freedom. Nothing matters anymore but personal gain. Is freedom really worth all the heartache that goes with it? Sure, the idea of being able to do “whatever you want” is intoxicating but in reality, it seems most people like being told what to want much better.
I truly hope the chaotic and scary Russia of today will find its bearings soon and transform itself into the thriving and happy country it has the potential to be. It really hurts me to see it as it is now.