Friday, August 21, 2015

Kerry R. Bolton — Spiritual Roots of Russo-American Conflict

Weekend reading.
Western-liberalism, rationalism, even the most strenuous efforts of Bolshevik dialectal materialism, have so far not been able to permanently destroy, but at most repress, these conceptions—conscious or unconscious—of what it is to be ‘Russian’. Spengler, as will be seen, even during the early period of Russian Bolshevism, already predicted that even this would take on a different, even antithetical form, to the Petrine import of Marxism. It was soon that the USSR was again paying homage to Holy Mother Russia rather than the international proletariat, much to Trotsky’s lament.
‘Russian Socialism’, Not Marxism
Of the Russian soul, the ego/vanity of the Western culture-man is missing; the persona seeks impersonal growth in service, ‘in the brother-world of the plain’. Orthodox Christianity condemns the ‘I’ as ‘sin’.[7]
The Russian concept of ‘we’ rather than ‘I’, and of impersonal service to the expanse of one’s land, implies another form socialism to that of Marxism. It is perhaps in this sense that Stalinism proceeded along lines often antithetical to the Bolshevism envisaged by Trotsky, et al.[8] A recent comment by an American visitor to Russia, Barbara J. Brothers, as part of a scientific delegation, states something akin to Spengler’s observation:

The Russians have a sense of connectedness to themselves and to other human beings that is just not a part of American reality. It isn’t that competitiveness does not exist; it is just that there always seems to be more consideration and respect for others in any given situation.[9]
Of the Russian traditional ethos, intrinsically antithetical to Western individualism, including that of property relations, Berdyaev wrote:
Of all peoples in the world the Russians have the community spirit; in the highest degree the Russian way of life and Russian manners, are of that kind. Russian hospitality is an indication of this sense of community.[10]…
Whatever Russia is called outwardly, whether, monarchical, Bolshevik, or democratic, there is an inner—eternal—Russia that is unfolding, and whose embryonic character places her on an antithetical course to that of the USA.
Ironically, the Native American soul as described by Ohiyesa aka Dr. Charles Eastman in The Soul of the Indian is very similar to "the Russian soul" as Bolton describes it with reference to Oswald Spengler, that is, communitarian culture and deep spiritual feeling shaped by the immense space of plains and ever-receding horizons. Interestingly also, it was African-Americans that popularized this meaning of "soul" in American English.

Failure to understand this makes American liberalism illiberal in attempting to impose "the American soul" a universal. It is not going to work, and it has already resulted in huge devastation.

Foreign Policy Journal
Spiritual Roots of Russo-American Conflict
Kerry R. Bolton | Fellow of the Academy of Social and Political Research, Athens; assistant editor of the Academy's journal Ab Aeterno; "contributing writer" for Foreign Policy Journal, and proprietor of Renaissance Press

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting read. There is a huge difference between the ideals held by the people, and the ideals held by tptb. Tptb are dominant personalities, but have absolutely no chance of holding back the evolving soul.

‘Soul’ as I understand it, is far more universal. To go inside is to open up within oneself a ‘vast plain and immense space’, where brotherhood is as Obvious as the soul is universal. Across that plain a ‘sound’ can be heard, rolling out of the great Silence; and ‘light’ playing over the landscape from a Sun that is well hidden; a ‘feeling’ in the air that is nothing less than Life itself touching Life - in you, and rejoicing to be alive. A perfume, nothing less than the presence of the divine, wafting gently, purely, on the Breath across that vast plain - keeping you and everything in the entire Universe, alive. Beating. There is nothing Russian, American or even human about ‘Soul’. It is an essence.

I think this demarcation between the soul in a human being and the personality is the future of psychology, both of nations and the individual. The ‘qualities’ of the soul as it manifests in humans is seen reflected in the main divisions of our personality life, as first of all in aspect: - politics and statesmanship; religion and philosophy; active intelligence (economy, education, communications); and attribute: - harmony through conflict; concrete mind, human sciences; idealism; organisation. However, back and behind of this seven-fold expression, you will find the soul in its essence: consciousness itself, a part of the universal soul – a bridge between what is above and what is below.

The soul is love-wisdom, divine purpose, and active intelligence - a focal point for descending light and for ascending radiance. As the ‘rainbow’ bridge is built in both directions, the personality expression far below becomes what nature has always intended it to be; and the soul touches and merges with its source - that I believe, is just the beginning.

When the personality becomes interested in and attracted to the soul, the first fine tenuous threads are laid down, and the work of bridge-building, true creativity begins; consciously.