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Let's discuss Russian "spirituality"...

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There are some words which have purely subjective meanings in my view, and "spirituality" is one of them. For me, this word has nothing to do with God or religion. As an agnostic, I'm not attached to any church or religious rituals, yet I still consider myself a spiritual person. This seems to be a key word in Russian media and culture, as discussions about "spirituality" are constantly thrown around on LJ and in comments, usually to insult the non-spiritual and decadent West. I saw it just this week when the pro-Kremlin blogger "politichanka" grew outraged at Varlamov's recent posts about bad Sevastopol, particularly his focus on all the trash in the city. The reason for all this shit on the ground? She claims that "Ukraine in 23 years failed to instill spiritual values in the youth. Therefore, young people behave like pigs and there is garbage everywhere." Of course, this is an absurd statement but I grew curious and decided to ask her what her definition of "spirituality" is. Her answer? "Actually I don't know."

I never use words I don't know or understand, especially when I'm insulting people. For me, spirituality is an aura, the energy and emotion that you evoke when encountering complete strangers, your charitable contributions to the overall good of humanity, a connection to something bigger than yourself, and an overall sense of openness and positivity toward the world and its inhabitants....and how about you? How does Russian culture define "spirituality," and why is the term so commonly used there? Help me understand. :)

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don_oles
Dec. 17th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yep. Nobody offers free hugs.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 17th, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
Next time I'm in Russia, it will be a good social experiment to stand in Red Square with one of those "Free Hugs from the USA" sign and see how many people approach me. :) Like this dude in Paris http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/19/world/muslim-man-hugs-paris-feat/.
meriadoc_1171
Dec. 17th, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC)
At least three, two of them will be in police uniform, and third in civil costume.
:)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 17th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
It will make an excellent story for the blog! :)
meriadoc_1171
Dec. 17th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
"Police tells: "No hugs in Russia!""
)

BTW, start photo will be better with sign "President and wifes" :)
morang
Dec. 20th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
Cossacks with nagaika also possible.

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