The following discrepancy in behavior is familiar to many: the subject (person or team) was deceived, or was deceived. He was shown, or proved, or he realized that he was engaged in business, contrary to his interests. And it seems that this subject must admit his mistake and take measures to remedy the situation, but ... the opposite happens! He persists in delusion, looking for the grounds of his righteousness, and the farther he goes, the more stupid and even meaner he needs a foundation!
The reason for such a strange state of mind is only that the subject is afraid of "losing face", to seem stupid. He does not understand that this feature is inherent in just stupid and selfish.
The classic example is M. S. Gorbachev. I think that he really wanted the best for the country, but it turned out that there were only a few. But experience, character, knowledge was not. So I gave the country, agitated by the expectation of "gingerbread," into the hands of a narcissist and a vengeful alcoholic. Gorbachev cannot admit that he has done something stupid. And he begins to invent reasons: the further, the more incredible. The climax of the plot happened in the last few years, when he began to say that everything he had almost taken into account from the cradle, everything was done with the aim of ruining the Soviet Union. Oh, he agrees to be a mean-spirited, just not a fool.
Another example is Ukraine. More than once he wrote that, due to geography, everything is much easier for Ukrainians than on average in Russia. Plus, developed industry during the Soviet era (after all, a plant in Yakutia would be several times more expensive than in Ukraine). Plus a warm sea. Plus chernozem. He visited Ukraine and was a bit taken aback by the fact that in similar production the payment was quite comparable with payment in the Middle Urals, but the repair industry is much richer in the number of repairmen and supply of spare parts. And the supply of food and goods! And the prices in the shops! Rarely, but the expression slipped there: “You, in the Urals, were not told that the war was over long ago”.
In accordance with the objective laws of economic geography, it turned out that in Ukraine the level of egoism was significantly higher than the average for the Union. And the egoist can easily hum, how wonderful he is, that everyone around him is sitting on his neck. So it turned out what happened.
Ukrainians already see that they were “divorced”. But how to admit that they are, how to say it? .. But in any way. And there is nothing to wait for, that suddenly the majority of Ukrainians, right across Gogol, will throw the cap down and weep. For a quarter of a century they have not abandoned and now they will not. After all, if they admit their stupidity, the question will automatically pop up: “You ran away to the fig, if you lived better together?” They will rather continue to call for the killing of children in the Donbass than they admit their utter foolishness. Blood Brothers! Yes, my neighbors in the garden are more dear to me, the Tatars, who are all trying to foist one thing or another in a neighborly way.
And if we reconcile with Maidan Ukrainians, then I don’t recommend standing with their backs to them. They from those who for the meanness will revenge the one to whom made meanness. For an egoist, if he has a petite soul, it is psychologically easier to foul up pulling him out of a cesspool than just seeing who pulled him out.
And for information: the Urals Ukrainians are no different from other residents of the Urals. And it is natural. Not the easiest life for us, and therefore we are usually ready to help a neighbor, but a neighbor to us. This is easier for everyone. Of course, there are sensible in Ukraine. But their voice is barely audible.
And about the people's mind: in Russia, in the first half of 90's, the people understood that they had been deceived.
Toward the close of a joke: "If we discard everything that the Ukrainians were divorced as the last suckers, then it turns out that they didn’t want gay rights."