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This year - The 100th anniversary of The Great October Socialist Revolution - is a target year for many time capsules sent by our grandfathers in 1967. One of them was recently opened in Ukraine:

 

We, the young generation of sixties, could not imagine the life without struggle and creative work in the name of communism, which for you became reality. We were proud of our land with its boundless steppes and fields, we tried to do our best to make our future beautiful. We, like you, our descendants, always tried to be the first and didn't searched for easy ways...

 

You are the generation of happy: the sky is clear above you, the war for all living in 2017 has became history. You does not chant: "Shame on the Israeli aggressors!", you does not have to participate in rallies against the criminal war in Vietnam or read in your newspapers about provocations against revolutionary Cuba. How far away from you these events, modern to us!

 

This is very sad and unusual to read such texts, it seems they're 500 years old, not 50... The more that modern people have the same habit to send "letters to descendants", but modern time capsules reflects the spirit of grim and pessimistic epoch:

 

Without today there will be no tomorrow, and without tomorrow there will be no future. Without us there would not be you. We want for you, just like us, to love this land, these city streets, watered with blood of your grandfathers and great-grandfathers. Your future is connected with our present, which we went through with pain, suffering, and blood. And this is not an empty sentimentality - to shed tears where blood has already been shed. You have the right to drop a tear if you did not dropped your weapons. Such were we. Remember us. We're sending you our faith in the better future, our hopes and aspirations.

 

I'm afraid this letter will seem the same weird for Russians of 2067 as letters of young Soviet idealists are for us...


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"And the Russian land, let God keep it! Under heavens, there is no other land like this. And although Russian nobles are not righteous neither kind, let God arrange the Russian land and give us enough justice" - Afanasy Nikitin, medieval traveler of XV century.


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What a great idea for a thread.


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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What a great idea for a thread.

 

Sarcasm? Yes, i know it will be short one-page thread, but we already have a lot of them...

 

Anyway, the good on-topic picture. Ancestors watching us:

 

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"And the Russian land, let God keep it! Under heavens, there is no other land like this. And although Russian nobles are not righteous neither kind, let God arrange the Russian land and give us enough justice" - Afanasy Nikitin, medieval traveler of XV century.


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No, not sarcasm.  I just never have thought that much about time capsules as letters from our past.  That is why it is a good idea for a thread.


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What a great idea for a thread.

 

Sarcasm? Yes, i know it will be short one-page thread, but we already have a lot of them...

 

Anyway. the good on-topic picture. Ancestors watching us:

 

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Then there should be a picture of Lenin above Stalin, Marx above Lenin, and Jesus above Marx. 

 

Take your pick as to who you exclude.  It is still shaped like a pyramid.


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Then there should be a picture of Lenin above Stalin, Marx above Lenin, and Jesus above Marx.

 

Yes, of course.

 

Usually, the descendants does not intentionally "betray" their ancestors, they're just living their own lifes and committing their own mistakes in different world where ancestors' agenda is no longer relevant. That's why these time capsules are so weird to read.


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"And the Russian land, let God keep it! Under heavens, there is no other land like this. And although Russian nobles are not righteous neither kind, let God arrange the Russian land and give us enough justice" - Afanasy Nikitin, medieval traveler of XV century.





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