Europe in Prayer – Part 2 of 5

Once Russia, which betrayed itself, sold its soul when it entered, on the side of France and the Western powers, into the war against Germany. The true Russians, such as Rasputin, immediately understood it. At no time, could they appease their bad conscience. In the struggle against Germany, Russia used its strength; at the same time, Germany was bled white. Thus, year by year, it exhausted the resistance of the Germanic essence and the Slavic essence to the claim of power by the Latin-European countries, who won territory. In 1917, Russia under the rule of the Cadets and the Mensheviks nearly submitted entirely to the Western world. Following the interior collapse, only the presence of foreign officers and Western financial aid permitted it, in the measure possible, to maintain the front against Germany. But for Russia, the money and the foreign officers would signify the submission to the West beyond the end of the war, for an indefinite time. By pursuing the war against Germany, with the support of the Triple Entente, it had lost its independence by the relation to its Western friends.

In this moment, from the depths of the Russian soul, arose a hate for Europe. The Russian people felt threatened, very close to subjugation by Europe. With an untrammeled and forlorn force, they revolted and rejected all that was European. Western civilization seemed to them as a lure in a trap left out for them – they abandoned this civilization with a contempt charged with hate.

It was the bourgeoisie who had put the Russian people in this dangerous situation. The bourgeois was Western; links were constructed between Saint Petersburg and Paris. Bolshevism was the punishment that the Russian bourgeoisie received. It was necessary that it should expiate its lack of political and national instinct by its ruin. The Western spirit was henceforth excreted as a poison from the Russian body. It was necessary to annihilate the bearers of this spirit, that is to say exterminate the bourgeois.

The violence with which Russia detached from Europe was its salvation. It developed a mode of political, social, and economic life contrary to the European lifestyle and became inaccessible to European influences. This provoked grand tensions that lead it to a state of constant vigilance in regard to the West. Given its new barbarian lifestyle, at no point could it rely on Europe. For it to avoid being put in shackles, as the late Germany, it was filled entirely with a spirit whose every manifestation was hostile to Europe. In turning from the West, they finally were brought to consider even Christianity as a European affair. Its instinct of conservation ordered it to equally take its distance in relation to this religious basis of European life. The fact that, in its struggle against Christianity, it serves Western free thought, is not determinant. All the forms of Western progress that it seized are only arms of its barbaric and Asiatic instinct, hostile to Europe. Russia, by using European means to exterminate the European element it had once absorbed, took an entirely particular revenge.

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