posted on Dec, 20 2018 @ 05:33 AM
I recently registered for ATS, and as you can understand from my nickname, I am Russian. It's hard enough for me to communicate in an
English-speaking forum, and this is not at all because of the difference in languages. The main difficulty is the difference in mentality. You and I
perceive in absolutely different ways not only the world around us, but also our behavioral models, habits, moral principles, the concepts of justice,
fairness, equality of rights, and much more. We in Russia lately often face similar problems for an unusual reason. After the collapse of our state
into many fragments, many Russians left to live abroad and in particular to the USA. Attitudes toward these people in Russia are different. Some
Russians believe that they emigrated for the "long dollar" and for the sake of "300 varieties of sausage", and the process itself - "sausage
emigration." Many are sympathetic to this phenomenon, some with indifference.
The overwhelming majority of Russians consciously stayed in Russia in order to survive with their country all the difficulties, to be with their
Homeland and in sorrow and in joy. But now an unusual phenomenon is happening in Russia. Many Russians who emigrated to Europe and the United States
are returning home. This process has become so widespread that the Russian parliament began to discuss the question of how to allocate grants in the
amount of 1 million rubles (about $ 15,000) to returning former compatriots for the first payment for a mortgage.
But there is a big problem. For many returnees from Western countries to Russia, the mentality has changed so much that it has become a problem for
their social adaptation and an occasion for jokes in social networks. These people face the same problems as I am on the ATS forum - we are different.
In order for us to find common ground, I want to translate and publish the post of my LiveJournal colleague, who analyzes the Facebook post of a
single woman who returned after a lengthy immigration to the United States.
To many of you, this post will seem ridiculous, angry and ironic. But I hope that while reading you will throw off emotions and try to constructively
discuss with me one thing: What should each of us do, how to change, to find a common language, get closer and eliminate confrontation?
Thank. Here is this post:
I read the revelations of a lady who has lived in the United States for many years, and now has returned to Russia, but already with American habits
hooked up over the years. Describes your feelings. And yes, if you think she is unhappy - you think correctly. In general, I am somewhat surprised:
she came and wrote her impressions - she is not happy about anything. Without exception, it is worse than in the United States. I did not understand:
is she a masochist? Why did you come then? Here he writes:
“A smile is a necessary attribute for Americans. They try to smile all the time, even if they are sad.
When I arrived in Moscow, I continued to smile right and left on the machine for the first weeks, until I began to notice misunderstanding and
sidelong glances in my direction.
People do not understand why you are smiling, and they think that something is wrong with you. If you do not want to seem crazy, then it is better not
to skalte your teeth in all directions if you are thinking about Russia. ”
1. We in the US smile for no reason.
2. Russians see me smiling for no reason, and they look at me in surprise.
3. something is wrong with the Russians
Just check and check, nothing to argue. Further more interesting:
“The practice of yoga in America includes a certain way of life, the use of pure organic food, you need to be peaceful and focused, wear special
clothes for Lululemon yoga and drink coconut water before practicing yoga. I enjoyed that way of life, and I really lacked that in Russia. ”
Yes, we here in Russia do not really understand yoga. But the main thing I already understood: without coconut water, there can be no yoga. And even
without a particular brand of clothing. I wonder how yoga was done by those who invented it ...? They hardly had Lululemon clothing. I very much admit
that in Russia it is very bad with “lyulelemon”. And with coconut water, without which yoga can not be.
And what, "to be peaceful and focused" without coconut water and "lulelemon" she can not? Yes, I see that in Russia she can’t do yoga ...
“When I asked my colleagues what good places to go here at“ happy hours ”, they looked at me with expressions of complete bewilderment. There is
no concept of "happy hours". In Russia, a completely different mentality. After work, people immediately rush home to cook dinner and be with their
families; they can afford to drink with their colleagues only at special events and corporate events. Boredom! "
Oh, those Russians! .. They want such bad things to the family - how can that be ???
Let me tell you a secret: in Russia they do not “drink with their colleagues.” In Russia they go to the cinema, to the restaurant, to the bar, to
visit, anywhere - not with colleagues, but with those with whom I want to spend time.
We can have colleagues, but it can be. Apparently, in the USA it is obliged to be colleagues.
Sorry, madam, bad news: apparently, in the USA, you were obliged to spend “happy hours” just because you are a colleague. There is no
totalitarianism in Russia, people spend time with those with whom they want.
It seems that with you, madam, nobody wants - unless it is mandatory or inevitable. Awful country, I understand you.
“I am a super social person, and I have a lot of good friends from around the globe. I am proud of it. In the USA I got used every day to see people
of various nationalities. Russians are white people. I would like to meet more people of different nationalities in order to revive the situation and
broaden their views. ”
Forgive us that we did not bring slaves to us, so that it would be more interesting for you today. And that we are not a country of refugees or
immigrants. We know that this is a terrible guilt and a terrible crime - forgive us for being so. In vain you, apparently, came to Russia - everything
is wrong here!
“Americans like to speak loudly. In Russia, a loud conversation is a sign of pomposity and sounds like “show off,” especially if you practice it
in public places. Here people do not like excess ears, as if someone is spying on them. Although who knows? However, watch your tongue. ”
Actually, madam, this is called "behaving decently." It is a pity that you did not explain to you in childhood.
But, of course, “who knows” - suddenly and really 150 million people without a break listen to evil uncles somewhere out there? Although ... Maybe
they are listening - according to Snowden. From the United States can only be expected.
In short, I was impressed with the list of claims against Russia. He didn’t even know that we turned out to be so wrong.
What a crime: we are white! We do not yell in public places. We are in a hurry to the family. And we communicate with those who are pleasant to us,
and not with those with whom it is "necessary."
What a nightmare! This is a direct challenge to the globalist world order! This is simply immoral - to behave this way! Putting a family above a
corporation is incomprehensible to the mind! Do not drink coconut water !!!
What kind of country is this? Where did this lady go in general?