CULTURAL CODE, OR QUOD LICET IOVI, NON LICET BOVI
There is such a thing as nation's cultural code. This phenomenon is primarily understood as unique cultural features inherited by large nations and small nationalities from their ancestors. This code is found in many peoples, in particular, the Russians, the Chinese, the French, the Swedes, the Italians, the Arabs, and even the so-called "cradle" civilizations — the indigenous tribes of Central Africa and Polynesia. As a rule, this code is based on thousands of years of "firmware": ethical, cultural, religious, and moral. Each of these nations has gone a long path of common victories and defeats, created its own unique civilizational phenomena primarily related to a worldview.
By default, a cultural code is considered to be also owned by the United States of America, namely, the "American nation" living on the territory of the country — the result of the state's "melting pot" policy. They say that due to this, cultural and national characteristics of immigrants blurred and assimilation occurred (who and with whom?), forming a unique American community.
However, recent events in the United States — the growing radicalization of part of the black population, a serious increase in political confrontation, and the consolidation of many national and ethnic groups in the face of internal threats — clearly show the opposite: there is no civilizational community in the American society and there has never been any. There has been only a motto that created an illusion and was misleading. The Americans are really united by a completely different phenomenon that is mistakenly taken for a manifestation of a cultural code. This is the cult of money, profit, and selfishness.
Surprisingly, one of the first people to notice this phenomenon was the great Russian thinker, strategist, and poet Alexander Pushkin. In 1836, six months before his death, he gave the following description of the American society: "For some time now, the Unites States of America have been drawing attention ... attention of the most thinking people... Respect for this new nation and for its way of life, the fruit of the latest enlightenment, has been drastically shaken. It was astonishing to see democracy in its hideous cynicism, its cruel prejudices, and its intolerable tyranny. All that is noble, altrustic, and uplifting is suppressed by relentless selfishness and a passion for contentment."
Another prominent Russian poet, Sergei Yesenin who visited the country in 1922 had similar impressions of the United States: "The reign of the dollar has eaten away all their aspirations for any complex issues. An American is completely immersed in "Business" and does not want to know anything else. The American art is at the lowest stage of development... All this shows that the Americans are a very young and not fully developed nation...".
It is probably not entirely correct to look at the civilizational level of the American "nation" only through the eyes of the Russian world representatives. Well, let's listen to an outstanding American. In 1975, Moscow was visited by one of the most famous and expensive "creators" of our time, the founder of commercial pop art movement, the American artist Andy Warhol. When asked by journalists what he found interesting in the Soviet Union, he replied: "There is nothing interesting so far. There isn't even a McDonald's in Moscow."
We have long been accustomed to the fact that snobbery, arrogance, and insolence towards most countries of the world are the hallmark of the American elite standing, first of all, at the helm of power. Some perceive this as a special cowboy style, the inevitable political brutality inherent in a young and enterprising nation amidst competition. But there is another point of view: this is a typical result of a poor mind and an immature soul.
Relatively recently, psychologists have introduced the concept of "kidult" into scientific circulation — from the English words "kid" (child) and "adult" (adult). This word refers to those people who have retained in adult life children's and youth ideas and hobbies, usually not peculiar to adults. Among the reasons for the phenomenon of "prolonged childhood", experts call, in particular, the impact of modern consumer society, which encourages people to ignore the diversity of the world and concentrate exclusively on obtaining very primitive pleasures.
It seems that the time has come to remind American political kidults that Moscow University — not the oldest educational institution in Europe — was founded in the middle of the XVIII-th century, in 1755. In 1783, Catherine II annexed Crimea to the Russian Empire. In-between these important events, another thing happened: in 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted on the North American continent, proclaiming the independence of thirteen American states. As this year marks the 244th anniversary of that date, the American elite seems to forget that the world has somehow managed to cope without them for several millennia.
It is quite obvious that the American "nation" still has a long and thorny way to go before it forms its own cultural code. Perhaps the process will be accelerated by the current crisis: American statehood is in a zone of severe turbulence. In the meantime, too absorbed in playing the role of Jupiter, the young US elite need to keep in mind: if you sow the wind you reap the whirlwind: the consequences for their country and for the whole world can be sad.