Our New Year will no longer be like others, that this is the year of the upcoming presidential elections, which should and can decide a lot in the lives of Russians. In anticipation of future events, expected and unexpected, forecasts, assumptions, guesses, myths are now multiplying. Mostly positive plan, but with increasing internal tension. And, although we are quite old people and know well that in concrete terms, all our divinations are useless, we still wait for something and hope for something.
In terms of forecasts, the scientist world prefers not fortune-telling on the tea leaves, but structural analysis based on identifying general trends in the development of the country and the world. But they, these tendencies, are deeply hidden in the event pile, and therefore they are hardly perceptible even for the most sophisticated mind.
Our ancestors found a different approach to forecasting reality, using images suitable for the current moment.
Following this tradition, I decided to abandon the biblical and ancient Greek figurative symbolism and turn to Russian folklore. Proceeding from the fact that the cult of wealth reigns in the modern world, and in our country this cult acquired ugly and destructive forms, I planned to put the image of Koshchey the Immortal at the forefront of my forecast. This image found a full-fledged embodiment in a Russian fairy tale with the literary treatment of the romantic poet Vasily Zhukovsky (1783-1852) and the long title - “The Tale of Tsar Berendey, his son Ivan Tsarevich, the tricks of Koschey the Immortal and the wisdom of Mary Tsarevna, the Clergy, the Clergy, the tricks of Koschey the Immortal, and the wisdom of Mary Tsarevna, the Clergy, the Clergy, the Clergy, and the Holies, the Clergy, the Gods, and the tricks of Koshchey the Immortal and the wisdom of Mary the Tsar and the Tsar and the Tsar. daughters. "
After reading the story, I was shocked not even by the fact that the patron friend of Pushkin 200 years ago chose this particular Russian fairy tale for the education of the royal children, of which he was a mentor. And the fact that the Russian people expressed their unselfishly spiritual credo long before that. And he did not just express it, but rather, as it were, prophetically sketched all the fabulous peripetias with our present realities. At the same time, in the fairy tale, not only the plot line is symbolic, but also the details that add additional semantic accents to the narration.
The fairy tale states that in some ancient times there were two kingdoms - the kingdom of the simple man Berendey and the kingdom of the magician Koschei. Koschei, with cunning and magic, lured Berendey into a trap and literally snatched from him a promise to give to the service of his newly born son, Ivan the Tsarevich. In modern times, the difference between worlds, their essential anti-being, the machinations of the strong and the sacrifice of the weak are symbolic. Now everything is exactly as a thousand years ago. And 2018-th year in this regard, of course, will not be an exception. We are expected in it and struggle, and attacks, and a certain sacrifice.
Further, according to the story of the fairy tale, Berendey, faithful to the word, sends the son of Ivan, who has come of age, to serve Koschey. And he, giving Ivan Tsarevich one more difficult task than another, clearly sets himself the goal of finally destroying him. That is, Koschey, who personifies power and treachery in the fairy tale, does not need the service of an alien prince as such. He has one thing in mind - to maximally weaken the kingdom planned for sacrifice and deprive him of his future. With us, the United States is doing exactly that, and there is no hope that in the future, 2018, their policy towards Russia will change significantly. And we need to take it as a fact and act accordingly - precisely, firmly and quite definitively.
According to the tale, Ivan and Koshchei’s daughter, Marya, had to flee. The escape of Ivan and Mary from the kingdom of Koshchei may seem to someone a compromise with Evil and even a concession to him. And someone - a tragic, fatal mistake. But the “escape” to the Russian people seemed to be a salutary and the only correct solution. In addition, in the fairy tale, flight was only in form, and for Ivan Tsarevich it meant returning to his native kingdom — the kingdom of peace and goodness.
We in the 2014 year started this flight from the gilded kingdom of lies and deceit, but still hesitate whether we did the right thing. 2018-th year must finally convince us that we have no other way and that it’s time for us to return to ourselves, to our native kingdom.
According to the fairy tale, Ivan and Mary manage to slip away from Koshcheeva's chase, only with the help of the church. The theme of the church arose from the narrator to refer to the border between the two kingdoms. Saying to Ivan that it was at the church that the border of the Koscheev kingdom passed, Marya turned herself into a church, and made Ivan a monk. It seems that the church was taken by the narrator not only in religious terms. The symbolism of the Church among the Russian people was always broader and had a projection into the secular sphere, denoting the fortress of faith, high spirituality and ultimate purity of thoughts. It is faith, spirituality and uncomplicated intelligence that should come to the first place among Russians in 2018, allowing them to gain solid ground under their feet.
But the detachment of heroes from the Koshcheev chase was not the end of their adventures. Somewhere in the middle of the path from the border to the royal terema storyteller outlined the theme of oblivion. Marya strictly ordered Ivan not to kiss other babies, but he succumbed to the beauty of the child and broke the taboo. For which he was punished with complete loss of memory. The meaning of this reprise is, apparently, that with all our real or imaginary achievements in the upcoming 2018 year, we should not be complacent and forget the cruel lessons learned in previous years. While Koschey reigns on Earth, dreams of a fabulous life are irrelevant and destructive.
In general, the meaning of the fairy tale is to remind you of Good and Evil, their antipodal eternal coexistence, continuous mutual influence and uncompromising struggle. At one extreme here is the realm of Berendey, personifying simplicity, naturalness, honesty, decency, loyalty to duty. On the other - the kingdom of Koshchei, where everything is built on lies and deception, ostentatious magnificence, deceit and cruelty. Koschei, like the US today, is almost all-powerful, but, nevertheless, he is worried about the independence of the “neighbor” - Russia. Without risking to fight with him, he catches Berendey on an unquenchable thirst - on our eternal thirst for peace, goodness and material well-being.
Confronting Russia with the world of temptations has been going on for at least a thousand years. Anticipating the inevitable decisive clash between the Good and the Evil, the Russian people thought through various options for fighting the Evil Koshchei. Alexander Pushkin, an enthusiastic admirer of Russian fairy tales, in the prologue to the poem "Ruslan and Lyudmila" Tsar Koschey "languishes over gold." According to Pushkin, it turns out that due to an excess of gold, Koshchei should develop a disease - “consumption”. So in those days was called tuberculosis. This disease was considered incurable, and therefore it was assumed that Koschey would die without any help.
The idea of forcibly eradicating Evil in the world was also used by our people. So, in another Russian fairy tale, wanting to destroy Koshchey, Ivan Tsarevich chased him, and he reincarnated now into a hare, now into a duck, then into an egg. In the end, Ivan overtook Koshchei, broke an egg and broke a needle, in which his curve, a deceptive little soul, was hidden. This idea seemed very tempting to Russian people. And since October 1917, we have been trying to implement it for 70 years. But it turned out that Evil, like Good, has the ability to revive. Hope for Koshchei's suicide or his natural death in 2018 is not necessary. It is not by chance that the people gave Koschey a nickname - the Immortal.
If we move from the old-old Russian fairy tale to the new-present reality of today, we should say the following. Yes, we recently broke away from present-day Koshchei, having been with him for more than two decades in the service and “crawling” in front of him for coaxing and for laughter “on all fours” (words from a fairy tale).
Forced to “escape”, we designated the new border with the kingdom of Evil as the Crimea and Novorossia. Moreover, we even taught a lesson to the present Koshchei in Syria. But, wallowing ourselves in body and soul in wealth, we did not return to our home at all. Now we are somewhere in the oblivion lane.
There is a hope of awakening from oblivion after 18 in March of 2018, but this hope is fragile, and most importantly - it does not find real confirmation in practical life. Evil today is very strong, and it is with its infinite wealth. Besides Koschey is not alone. According to the fairy tale, besides Marya, with him there were, in complete dependence on him, 29 daughters. And so far we have not been able to really “tear” at least one of the allied countries from the USA. We do not have “our own” Marya-princess. In the time of timelessness, we lost all our loyal friends-allies: some betrayed us, others pushed us away.
Therefore, the main task in 2018 for us is the conquest of faith and complete allied trust from at least one of the largest countries in the world. Those could be China, India, Germany, Japan, finally. And best of all - to enlist the support of all four countries at the same time. We must work seriously in the New Year in this direction. Time concessions Koscheyu over. For allies go only to a firm and reliable partner. From now on, we must respond firmly and decisively to any dirty trick of Koshcheya-USA. Only in this way can we convince others of our reliability and acquire faithful allies.
But the power of Evil is not only in him and not in his “daughters”: she is in our weakness.
Over the thirty years of our timelessness, Koschey has managed a vile snake to climb into all our thoughts and into our souls. He poisoned our mind by making it speculative, and seduced our souls by making them limp and flabby.
Therefore, the most important task for us in the 2018 year and in the coming years is our own purification from Evil and spiritual return to ourselves. Moreover, the purification will be deep and comprehensive. And it is necessary to start it in 2018 from the very beginning - from our border, designated by the Church in the fairy tale.
Over 30 years, not only ourselves, but also our Church, have undergone major changes. Koshcheev's temptations and temptations left their mark on her. These metamorphoses, perhaps imperceptible to a humble flock, are striking the eyes of others, especially those who are concerned about the general decline of morals in our country. Even from the church hierarchs today one can hear the words about the "liberalization" of the elite part of our church organism. All this suggests that our church now, perhaps more than ever, is in dire need of Saul, who would be transformed into the apostle Paul — the spiritual core of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Following the Church, our Bohemian culture, a non-initiating society, a corrupt political system, an elite-stricken liberalism and each of us, feverishly between the temptation of wealth and the threat of poverty, require internal cleansing. In the lunar calendar, the upcoming 2018 year will be marked by a dog. Admittedly, the dog symbolizes qualities such as loyalty, honesty and generosity. These qualities have always impressed not only the Russian people, but also all the citizens of our country. Because of this, we can consider 2018 year as our year - the year of Russia.
The coming year, by all indications, should be the Year of the political outcome of the protracted conflicts in Syria and in Ukraine. It is possible that he may turn into the Year of Russia's moral victory in South Korean Pyeongchang.
There is no doubt that it will become the Year of payment by Russia of all the debts of the Soviet Union and its own obligations. After 2018, we’ll owe nothing to anyone. On the contrary, many will be indebted to us, and first of all the United States of America, which seriously owes us a lot and in many ways.
As for the presidential election, their intrigue is not in the name of the future head of the Russian state, but in the presence of his mature, sighted will and in choosing the vector of the sovereign policy. If some cataclysms do not happen (and they are not excluded!), Then Vladimir Putin will become president again. Power he will get without much effort. Efforts will be needed after the elections ...
The symbol of the year - the Dog is distinguished not only by internal quality, but also uncompromising attitude towards enemies. And those should be considered as annoying external enemies, and their own "foe". To them we must include treachery, meanness and baseness. It seems that the fabulous Ivan Tsarevich personifying Russia who is personifying it’s time to get out of his numbed oblivion and return to the realm of his father Berendey - the realm of honor, dignity, kindness and justice.
As for Koshchei, then, in spite of all his tricks, let him live in his golden kingdom for the time being. If he himself does not "wither away" and does not stop his evil insane attacks, then it will be possible, after all, to think about his ill-fated fate with the whole world.
Happy New Year, dear friends!