The ability to listen and hear the interlocutor is one of the most valuable and, at the same time, little appreciated skills. It seems to us that we hear what we are told in our native language, it seems to us that we understand the interlocutor. In fact, we only listen to ourselves, we put our own thoughts into the interlocutor's mouth, we hear only what we are ready to hear, our brain “filters out” the rest. If our interlocutor speaks a foreign language that we do not know, do not know well enough, or even speak fluently (as it seems to us), the situation is aggravated. We are told something important, on which our whole life depends, but we do not want to hear it. We listen to ourselves, our thoughts, voice our fantasies instead of carefully listening to the interlocutor, who, perhaps, already behind his back clanks the paddle valve.
What strikes me most is the “Euro-oriented” Ukrainians, and, perhaps, the Belarusians who are oriented in the same way - the ignorance of European languages and the categorical ignorance and misunderstanding of Europe. This is paradoxical: people live practically close to Krakow and Vienna (by Russian standards), but mentally and culturally from them as far as possible. In order to verify this, it is enough to read the same Ukrainian newspapers and comments to them, listen to politicians, TV presenters, and “intellectuals”. You see, this is not Europe, it is not even the Middle East with its many thousands of years history civilization (which is not, by the way, in Europe). It is much worse, it is a province, a deaf province. Moreover, it is not inhabited by Chekhov characters.
So, according to my estimates, for Ukrainians, Europe after 1991, was the same “snickering Moscow”, where urgently it is necessary to bring down. The direction of thought was exactly this: milk rivers, milk and honey, salary of many thousands of non-Soviet monetary units. So, a girl from the province dreams of all of Moscow lying at her feet, and persistently offering her work at a local garment factory is absolutely hopeless. Europe for the “little Ukrainian” was a dream, a beautiful fairy tale, stirring the imagination. From the east lay a dark, totalitarian, impoverished Russian empire with its barracks, factories and secret police ... Darkness. And there, in the West, there the fairies dance to the sound of a Viennese waltz and the ink dries on the declaration of human rights.
What would you choose in this situation? Here they are too. Marketing, the magic word is marketing. What makes a great product from a good one? Advertising! That’s all. The “victory” of the West in Ukraine is a victory for marketers, no more, but no less. Of course, if we had talked in a shaggy eighty-ninth, you would have argued to me with conviction that never, not a single normal person would give up his material interests for the sake of some sort of advertising trinkets. But now we know ... We know how, instead of a three-room apartment, fob a man a pack of freshly printed MMM tickets ... Just imagine - you are trying to dissuade someone from your acquaintances or even close relatives at the beginning of 90's. What will be the reaction? You are the enemy and the envious! The kind and generous Mavrodi opens the gate to a bright tomorrow, and some angry scoop and Stalinist is trying to keep you gray and vile today. He must be immediately (and ruthlessly, guilty himself!) Pushed aside and with a brazen but happy face to follow into a bright, ememovskoye tomorrow.
Picture familiar? Unfortunately, we all succumb to manipulation to one degree or another. It's just that in the RSFSR it worked once (the end of 80's - the beginning of 90's), when everyone believed in the “holy market”. Remember? Manipulation is the most powerful weapon. Kara-Murza wrote a lot and in detail about this.
In Ukraine, it works all the time, people just don’t want to learn something. All our proposals for cooperation, about investments, about joint development of the economy do not lead to anything sensible. And today we can say with certainty, they will not. All late to cry about Ukraine, the train left. But the Ukrainians, hanging their ears and holding their breath, listened to the tales of Western manipulators about bad Russians who had offended them, all four thousand years and about a happy future in Europe. This is a deaf dead end. The man simply does not hear you, he listens to the manipulator. The manipulator can be Mavrodi, Mussolini or the god Kuzya ... There is no difference.
We all know that Mao Zedong cruelly destroyed and humiliated the Chinese intelligentsia. Here the bastard, we say, and perhaps we will not quite right. The thing is that at that time the Chinese intelligentsia was a little bit, not exactly Chinese. That is, the European colonizers introduced in China the “system of reproduction of the Latynins”. Chinese students, having passed through the Chinese education system, were ready to serve their overseas masters. Europe is there, America, but not China ... And now Chairman Mao did not like it. The end is a bit predictable. You see, in Ukraine the main problem was not the nationalists, the main problem was that the Ukrainian elite hated Ukraine. At least - the Ukrainian SSR, and they had no other Ukraine. And I wanted to make something unknown out of it ... And I began to destroy it in the bud. With the Ukrainian nationalists, the Russians would reach an agreement very quickly. Example? That same Hungary, which has to Russia the mass of historical grievances. But the Hungarian nationalists, having come to power, quickly realized that Russia was their natural ally. No more, no less. If Ukrainian nationalists came to power in Ukraine, the first thing they would do would be to negotiate with Moscow. How else? Neither Germany nor America needs a strong, independent Ukraine, just as they do not need a strong Hungary, only Russia needs them. Paradox, but that's exactly how it was. However, completely different people came to power in Ukraine. Sorry, Poroshenko Ukrainian nationalist? Maybe Yatsenyuk?
Once again, I will return to the very thought: “people do not know how to listen.” Even among my compatriots, I have heard: “The West is this and that, they want this and that.” At the same time, the person does not know, and he was not interested in the speeches of Western politicians. Did not read their press. Generally he knows everything from retellings, but he is firmly convinced. For some reason, something like this happened to the “Eurooriented” Ukrainians. They traveled to Europe, lived near Europe, dreamed of “entering” Europe, but did not understand and did not understand Europe. In principle, this is not necessary if the two systems exist in parallel. But if “merging” is intended - you need to be very well aware of what you will “merge” with in ecstasy.
So it is in life - we are not obliged to look into the soul of every passerby, but if we are going to live together, then, as a rule, we strive to “look at” the object of sympathy. It was possible to imagine that Ukrainians would carefully study the principles and norms of the European Union, will start to learn foreign languages en masse, to pull the state and society towards European norms. They will especially carefully study the experience of the “Young Europeans”. But as an inveterate badger who didn’t take textbooks for a hundred years, Ukraine did not study anything, Ukraine was hoping for a miracle. That's it, Belgium, France live and live normally. Ukraine will join the European Union and also will live a normal life without poverty and corruption. The fact that, for example, Hungary and Poland, are far less successful than France, was somehow nicely ignored. Neighboring Romania, also a member of the EU, but far from French prosperity there, but this was not considered either. In Bulgaria, the situation is tragic, the Bulgarian people, in fact, are dying out: the population during the years of the “reforms” has decreased from nine to seven million. But who was interested in Kiev? In Ukrainians, there was some strange certainty that they would be taken into the “golden billion”. Here Russians will not be taken (for sivolapost), and Kiev residents will be taken. By the way, the whole game of the West was built on this. I will make a bold assumption: first of all this game was not against Russia, but against Ukraine.
Paradox? Not at all. In the West, they were well aware that “Russia could not be eaten” easily. And Ukraine is much easier. But we also have to try, the problem was that Ukraine did not have large debts, did not lead the war in the North Caucasus, the population was much more homogeneous than in Russia, the economy was completely at the Eastern European level, the population was educated. Solid pluses. Then, the Ukrainians did not waste on the army and navy, from the word altogether, the main market is Russia (that is, the West did not control it). Gas is cheap. In the case of an external threat, Russia will cover. Well, how do you eat it, Ukraine? It turns out that nothing. But the keys were found. Those "nationalists". Ukrainians had to be explained that the main source of raw materials, orders for industry and the main defense partner is the enemy. Enemy number one. The paradox was that Ukraine’s industry, economy, and defense were entirely based on cooperation with Russia.
If Western countries offered alternatives, it would at least be honest. But they were not going to offer anything. About the same thing happened with the Czech defense industry - it was closed, and the Czechs were offered to buy weapons from "senior partners." And all this happened in front of the very, “independent Ukraine”. A rich, developed Czechoslovakia was first divided, then, in fact, robbed. And all this is in front of "promising new members." In principle, small, with a population of several million, the Baltic countries could be digested. But Ukraine is something else. “Too big, too poor, too alien,” was how they talked about Turkey in a similar situation. It should be understood that even with the most favorable developments, it was absolutely impossible to “integrate” Ukraine into Europe. For this, a huge country would have to be “rebuilt” from scratch. How do you imagine that? How much would it cost? Are there any precedents?
Whether you like it or not, Ukraine inevitably had to “break” when changing poles. Well, there is no reasonable way for the development of events when such a large, complex country completely reorients its economy to where it is not expected and everything goes bang. It does not happen. That is, in fact, the murder of Ukraine was planned from the very beginning, and by no means Putin.
“Why did the West need this?” You ask. Everything is quite simple. From their point of view, let a poor and degraded Ukraine be better, but in their zone of influence, than rich and prosperous, but in a Russian one. Well, there are not quite idiots doing politics, they should have understood the consequences. And, in principle, everything turned out for them - Ukraine lost, Russia lost, but they won something. Thriving and rich, Ukraine could only be with Russia, but the European Union did not like it. Russia's choice is not due to a joint history, but to a joint economy. In order to build it from scratch, we need generations and not the fact that it will work out.
The plan of the "European elves" was simple: to embroil Ukraine with Russia, to destroy its economy focused on Russia, to pull it out from under the Russian military umbrella, to colonize. Well, in principle, almost all succeeded. European salaries? Sorry, but the Indians lived in the territory of the world's greatest British Empire, but its citizens were not and lived very modestly - “from paycheck to paycheck”. Some simply died from starvation by millions, and the British Empire flourished, and the sun never set on it. The poverty of the Indians and the prosperity of the British did not contradict each other, on the contrary, one supported the other.
Irish, and this is Europe! So Ayre’s sons were dying by millions from starvation in the middle of the 19 century in the same enlightened and industrialized British Empire. By the way, millions in Ireland are much more sensitive than in India, the population of the Emerald Isle has almost halved. However, the Indians and the Irish, tried to resist, fought for independence. Ukrainians themselves rushed into bondage, even fought for the right to be servami. A unique case in world history. The reason - socialism, but the same, Russian socialism. Ukrainians had a life experience in the USSR. Based on this experience, they planned a bright tomorrow in the Western world. That is, according to their estimates, the US and the EU (like Russia, but much richer and more glamorous), had to build factories, factories, roads and bridges at their own expense. Ukrainians would only show with their finger and were capricious. And in theory, American special forces were supposed to fight in the Donbas. So, thought the Ukrainians.
But the West is not the USSR, not even the USSR. A completely different type of system. After the Second World War, the United States waited long enough for the Soviet Union to fall apart. And only in 50-s, when it became impossible to wait any longer, the German and Japanese economic "miracles" started. And if the USSR really collapsed, the miracle would not have happened. And we would never know what “Japanese quality” is. These are the pies with kittens. With the South Korean "miracle" is also a separate story. In any case, our beloved Ukrainians are not Germans and not Japanese, and not Koreans even once. Do not build from them a modern state. In other words, for the success of this project, the Americans and Germans had to migrate to Ukraine by millions, build all the necessary infrastructure there, plow black, fill the budget in a white way, in short play the role of “quilted jackets”.
It is clear that the Americans and the Germans were not going to work for the Ukrainians. By the way, in the future, I foresee a serious conflict of interests: the Westerners did not understand that in the USSR / Russian Empire they were at war and mostly Russians stood at the machine. So it was pointless to arm the Georgians, or rather, it made sense until the first clash with the Russian army. Then silence. It is also meaningless to expect from the Ukrainians state building and filling the budget. But it was precisely this that the Western curators were waiting for them. There was a scandal in Tbilisi, which Russian paratroopers almost took, and in Kiev, which went bankrupt and completely corrupted.
That is, while the “totalitarian quilted jackets” worked, fought and ruled the state, everything functioned when they were driven away — Central Asia turned out. Isn't it funny? There was no “national rebirth” for anyone. In fact, Ukraine was indeed a colony, but a colony that lived in the USSR at the expense of the “metropolis” and better than the “metropolis”, which is the most ridiculous. Planes, spaceships, ships and buses - everything did the Ukrainian SSR. Just a mini superpower.
But as soon as the Russians “turned off” from this system, everything suddenly collapsed. Suddenly, both for the people of the West and for the Ukrainians themselves. Both were convinced that the Russians in Ukraine were the “fifth element” or the fifth wheel. But you see, as it turned out, there are no Russians in the Ukraine system, and there is no Ukraine itself. Mystic.
By the way, Ukraine will not be offended by the West. After all, Ukraine was not promised anything concrete from the very beginning. Just the Ukrainians did not listen well, inattentively.