And for many years we, the Slavs, looked at the Western peoples, the French, the Germans, and then the Americans from the United States. For many of us, their lives seemed to be the benchmark. The standard of security, wealth, freedom and democracy. We were fascinated by the constant, not for a moment coming from the faces of these people, wide white-toothed smiles. It seemed to us that they were already living in paradise, and we were striving with all our might to enter this paradise. Someone went there, someone in different ways (righteous and not very, if not unrighteous) tried to arrange this paradise in his state, but only for himself.
And as if blinkered, we, seeing one beauty of the front part of the West, did not see (or perhaps did not want to see) the rear part of that earthly “paradise”. The one where poverty, poverty, mental and moral degradation of a larger population reigned. Where criminality was growing at an unprecedented rate, more and more new types appeared (most often heavy ones). Where the murder (even the president) was not considered something out of the ordinary. Where morality is closely intertwined with immorality, so much so that it is impossible to immediately determine whether it is a moral act or immoral.
I remember how surveys conducted in 70-s of the last century among schoolchildren of the USA and the USSR showed that American teenagers had no idea in elementary questions, their knowledge stories, geography was so low that they did not compare with the knowledge of even our preschoolers. This was noted by the satirist Mikhail Zadornov, who was delighted after his first trip to the USA - a country that seemed to many Soviet people ideal. But after a while, his opinion changed so much that he identified the Americans with the caustic expression “Well, stupid!”, Which became our nationwide.
Years passed, and gradually everything around me changed. The Western states, including the USA, have changed, and in many respects for the better, although they still have plenty of problems, there have also been improvements, from which we could take an example.
There is no such large-scale, as we have, the theft of state property under the guise of "privatization". There, congressmen, members of the government and other officials are not completely corrupt, do not take bribes, do not have a personal driver, and drive their own cars, without any advantages over other road users. There, for the slightest violation of traffic rules, they will be punished in strict accordance with the law, and no titles or positions will help them avoid punishment.
And there are dozens or even hundreds of such examples. True, not everything is so perfect both in the USA and in other called developed countries of Europe. This is evidenced by the recurring discontent of the population, resulting in mass riots and pogroms. Well, God bless them, it’s not about them, but about you and me.
We foolishly and thoughtlessly began to introduce their methods into our lives, as a result of which our children (including school graduates and even universities) began to possess only elementary knowledge of history, literature, geography, without a calculator they would not add 2 + 2 ... Ukraine, especially in villages, began to massively close schools and preschool institutions; Higher education for the majority of Ukrainians (from low-income families) has become practically inaccessible, since the number of budget places is constantly decreasing, and thus, it has actually turned into a banal object of commerce, into a product that only a few can afford. But even those who managed to obtain the desired diploma, our state cannot guarantee employment. Yes, and the rest of the citizens is extremely difficult, if not impossible to realize their constitutional right to work. So yesterday's workers of industry, education, culture are forced to become a peddler, someone to engage in providing services to the population, and some illegal “services”, and what everyone wants to do is for everyone and for some reason every day. And also the family, the children - they should also be fed and drunk, and even dressed, but God forbid, they will get sick - you can go broke with some medicines, not to mention the amount of payment for “free” medical care.
And all this makes it impossible for parents to raise their children, teach them, and influence them. As a result, the level of education and the formation of morality among young people also falls.
And our life (I mean ordinary people) has changed in many ways, especially after the collapse of the USSR. Now only with sadness one can remember that once, not too long ago, our native Ukraine occupied the leading places in the top ten in every sense of the world’s states. The standard of living of the overwhelming majority of the population has fallen (but at the same time, in an unimaginable progression, the standard of living of several thousand people who proudly call themselves oligarchs, the elite of the nation) has grown.
All this in total and led our country to moral decay.
The media play a significant role in this. If you carefully analyze the TV programs, then make sure that practically all channels show modern films copied from the American - some murders, violence, mountains of corpses and a sea of blood. The main "heroes" are gangsters, hooligans and other thugs, as well as some people who live in posh mansions and who donate substantial money from where (almost no film shows where they work and by whom). It is impossible not to envy the standard of living of prostitutes, kept women and other ladies of easy and light behavior.
Among the movie characters there is no mention of steelworkers, weavers, grain growers, teachers and writers - all this is a thing of the past.
It is clear that adolescents with open mouths and round eyes look at how modern “heroes” live on the screen, and, naturally, follow their example. And why, look how easy it is to kill a person: he jabbed a knife or moved a bat on the head - and that’s it. So they kill 10 — 13-year-old boys of old women and old men for the sake of 10 — 50 hryvnia.
Stealing has become a daily matter for us - they steal everyone who feels like it, and they steal everything that they do. The people noticed this and brought a clear sign: if you were put in prison, you stole a little - a car, a fur coat, jewelry, which means you are a small person, because big people steal power plants, railroads, gas, oil, and at the same time oil rigs , and their place is not in a prison cell, but in the Verkhovna Rada or in local councils. This is shown to us in films, they write in newspapers and magazines. We know many such “figures”, they are talked about, they are advertised.
And we all TV channels annoyingly and stubbornly advertise how to whiten your teeth (they do not smear on many - there is nothing), to get rid of dandruff and how to wash a dress so that it looks like new (and always carry a laundry detergent to show everyone who does not believe). True, there are some benefits in advertising breaks: many have time at this time (and it’s not so short - for example, on the Inter channel, advertising lasts for 15 minutes) to meet the need not only small (as confirmed by the fact that the peak load on sewage falls precisely at the time of advertising), cook scrambled eggs, brew tea and a snack. But still, advertising annoys many, because the overwhelming majority of ordinary TV viewers cannot access all advertising goods, the cost of which cannot be compared with the meager pensions and salaries of ordinary people. And it is worthwhile to estimate what this advertising costs its customers, and whether it is necessary to think about the fact that if this huge money was spent on the production of the advertised products and goods, then their quality would have improved significantly, and the price would drop sharply. But, most likely, they are not interested in this, they need to be promoted and even hammer in to people that only this needs to be acquired. And in fact, quite often a person, making a choice in a store, secretly recalls an advertisement and ... buys exactly what they have inspired.
And then there is another TV distributor - countless culinary programs, starting with the actress and wife of Andrei Mikhalkov, Yulia Vysotskaya (about the kitchen, kitchen supplies and food packages that ordinary women can only dream about) and ending with the singing rector Mikhail Poplavsky, who in chic robes surrounded by all the beauties of his high school and with the help of invited chefs, he gives the people lessons in cooking this or that dish (I don’t know if at least he wondered if many people could buy, for example, sour cream at the market, to, rural "). Mass actors went on leading these programs, irritating not only the stomach with the release of a hungry juice, but also the nervous system because of the awareness of their poverty.
The people of hopelessness drink down. And this helps him advertising. Look, all sports programs are preceded by vodka advertising, a slightly veiled, but advertising. I’m not talking about beer any more: after looking at a beer ad, you realize that the one who does not drink beer is an inferior person. And the game of patriotism is “this is the beer of your Fatherland” (it means that if you drink it you are a patriot), “this is the first Ukrainian beer” (and no one would even think that in the 1725 year, the city of Lviv, or, as it was called Lemberg had the same attitude to Ukraine as, for example, Warsaw).
And also drugs that are freely sold under the guise of smoking mixtures and are available almost to preschoolers. I'm not talking about smoking tobacco, which attracts more and more women, especially young girls. And none of them think about the fact that she will be a mother and that the health of the child, and often his life, depends largely on her health, and tobacco by no means strengthens it. Yes, and they do not think that kissing such a girl, as the classic said, is the same as kissing an ashtray. And look at how many of these “ashtrays” are around you, and think about the future Ukraine holds.
And if you take into account the effects of alcohol and drugs that cause mental disorders? Already, according to the most modest estimates, about 700 thousands of Ukrainian citizens suffer from such mental disorders, with about a third of all patients between the ages from 15 to 35 years, that is, people of working and most reproductive age, and another third are people from rural areas. And no wonder - after all, for 20 over a period of “independence”, agriculture was actually destroyed, the collective and state farms were looted and destroyed, as a result of which approximately 4,5 a million people were left without work, so they drink of hopelessness
But that's not all. The policy of creating modern Sodom and Gomorrah is also going on (for those who do not know what it is, let me remind you - these were the two cities in the Middle East that brought the wrath of God upon themselves with their vices and atrocities, and he destroyed all of them with stone and rain of fire). Now, in many countries, like Sodom and Gomorrah, same-sex marriages are allowed, which until recently was highly condemned by society and especially by the church. Alas, times are passing, and morals are changing. And now “same-sex partnerships”, same-sex marriages are legalized in many countries (Great Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Greenland, Germany, France, Andorra, Finland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, some provinces and municipalities in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela). The Prime Minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, entered into same-sex marriage in July 2010 and became the first politician of this level in the world to officially register such a marriage.
And the worst thing is that since the 2007 of the year, the Lutheran Church of Sweden has been blessing same-sex partnerships, and since 1 in November of 2009, the wedding of same-sex couples is allowed there. Sweden has become the first country in the world where same-sex marriages are allowed by the dominant church.
The only thing that pleases is that we haven’t reached this point yet and would like to hope that it will not. Although there was already an attempt to hold a gay parade in Kiev. We would follow the example of a joke about how Lukashenko reacted to the request for holding such a parade in Minsk, - he said he would not object, but only holding it should be on the day of the Airborne Forces.
From all the above, we can conclude that the root cause of the moral crisis, spiritual hunger in Ukraine is the spiritual decline of society, the development of which contributes to the low level of spiritual and moral education of children in the educational system of the country, the negative influence of the media on public consciousness and the disorder of the rule of law institution, who is responsible for the steady observance of the law by all members of society, in particular, by those in authority. And since this is a moral problem, only legal, punitive methods cannot solve it, here we need new and qualitative approaches to bringing up a new generation of Ukrainians with high standards of spirituality and morality, with a deep understanding of fatherhood and motherhood.
Yes, and the country's leadership, before talking about "joining the European culture," should deal with the revival of culture in Ukraine.
It would not hurt to take an example from the same America, only an example should be selective, with clear and verified moral criteria. For example, why shouldn't our healthcare care to learn from Americans to protect the health of their citizens? To make an order, as in American pharmacies, where in thoughts they will not allow such as selling fake aspirin and diluted valocordin, which even cats refuse to lick. In America, an ambulance always arrives on time! American old people with a combination of their pensions and benefits can travel around the world! American old women at airports around the world can be found on modern wheelchairs with automated controls and neat gray hairstyles - they have enough money for traveling and beauty salons.
It is from this and similar that we would take an example and try to make the same life for our people, namely people, and not “electorate” or “people”.
And if we overcome our spiritual hunger, then material hunger will be overcome with it. And our people will heal like normal people.