Patriarch Kirill cautions against copying Western
political, cultural models in Russia
Moscow, September 28, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and
All Russia believes blind imitation of the West will destine Russia for eternal
"When they tell us about a European development path, they
as a rule mean imitation and reproduction of Western political and cultural
models. Imitation is always worse than the original," Patriarch Kirill told an
international conference on Russian history held in Moscow State University on
Those who imitate something place themselves in a subjugated
position in relation to the author of the original, he said.
reason, if we build our civilization on the basis of imitation, this means
determining development in such a way that it will always be behind those who
made the original. Being the one who is led is dangerous, at least for an
adult," Patriarch Kirill said.
The Patriarch recalled that "thoughtless
and sometimes aggressive westernization" has taken place in Russian history
before. A truly European way envisages " the realization of one's own European
roots and return to them with regard for specific cultural and historical
conditions, not imitation of foreign things," the Patriarch said.
pointed out that the foundation of European civilization, which includes Russia,
is based on two cornerstones: Greek-Roman philosophy and biblical
Patriarch Kirill said it was the Orthodox faith and the
learning it helped to spread that included Rus and later Russia in the cultural
tradition of the Roman Empire.
"Being the successors of Byzantine, we at
the same time have maintained out Slavic identity through ages. The civilization
whose foundation was laid by the genius and works of Sts Cyril and Methodius is
still viable and joins European cultural and intellectual heritage with Orthodox
spirituality and the Slavic outlook on life," he said.
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