18 December 2009, Friday, 14:18

Sergey Lavrentiev: the USA is the example of melting tank and Russia is a multiple-strand wire

author: Eugene Rakhimkulov

The State Advisor under President RB Sergey Lavrentiev compared the combination of different national traditions in our country with a multiple-strand wire, taking the floor at the international scientific-practical conference “National policy and traditional national culture”.

“The variety of cultures and the ability of Russian nations to get on well with each other, living in peace and harmony is the undoubted achievement, the value and the treasure of our country” – he said – “At that Russia can’t be called a melting tank, which the USA is often compared with. If different nations in America were really melted into some homogenous mass, their unity in our country ran by another principle. And the comparison with a multiple-strand wire, proposed by well-known writer and literary critic Leo Anninsky suits here in the best way possible. Various national traditions in Russia weren’t melted into a one single whole. They exist independently but at that these culture are closely intercepted and that makes them more flexible and stronger.”

In opinion of Sergey Lavrentiev Republic of Bashkortostan represents the model of the whole country in this respect. Here traditions, beliefs and languages of more than 130 ethnoses live side by side and the national policy of Bashkortostan is aimed at preservation of this variety.

“The theme, chosen for the conference is of vital importance nowadays” – Sergey Lavrentiev said – “It was important always. The discussions concerning the role of national traditions in public society run as minimum as since the Renaissance. We can definitely say that tradition is a form of life for great number of people and refusing from traditions we can easily brake this system but we’ll fail to build up a new one because in order to organize the society in a new way we have inevitably to resort to some behavior stereotypes, which also turn to a sort of tradition sooner or later. The world history knows plenty of such examples. If we take the Great October Revolution as an example we can see that the attempt to crash the old way of life, refusing from the centuries-old traditions, has led to appearance of new Soviet traditions. The majority of these traditions exist in our society today. Those, who oppose the traditional society to the modern one, make a big mistake. Traditions don’t refuse modernization of the society as well as the striving of this society for perfection. We may improve our state and social system as much as we want but it doesn’t mean we have to throw out the traditions, considered good for the society, the traditions, with the help of which we preserve the bonds between generations”.

In opinion of Sergey Lavrentiev the main task every nation of the country faces now is the support of the best traditions and though it means ethnic traditions first of all it doesn’t mean we have to restrict ourselves just with these traditions. One has to absorb and adopt all the best the traditions of other nations possess.