The Extremes and Contradictions of Russia

West and East, Pacific and Atlantic, Arctic and tropics, extreme cold and extreme heat, prolonged sloth and sudden feats of energy, exaggerated cruelty and exaggerated kindness, ostentatious wealth and dismal squalor, violent xenophobia and uncontrollable yearning for contact with the foreign world, vast power and most abject slavery, simultaneous love and hate for the same objects…………the Russian does not reject these contradictions. He has learned to live with them, and in them. To him, they are the spice of life.”

George F. Kennan,  Memoirs

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4 thoughts on “The Extremes and Contradictions of Russia

  1. East and West in the Qur’an:

    “To Allah belong the East and the West: wherever you turn, there is Allah’s countenance.[1] For Allah is All Embacing, All-Knowing”.(Al-Baqarah 2: 115)

    “It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards the East or West; But it is righteousness—to believe in Allah, and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for ransom of slaves; To be steadfast in prayer; And to practise regular charity, to fulfil the contracts which you have made; And be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and troughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing”. (Al-Baqarah 2:177)

    Where is the central of the world?


    [1] Wajhu Allah: Allah’s power of all the univers

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