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Patriarch Kirill cautions against copying Western political cultural models in Russia

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
      http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=news&id=9920 2012-09-28 18:15:00 Patriarch Kirill cautions against copying Western political, cultural models
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      2012-09-28 18:15:00
      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
      backwardness.

      "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
      Friday.

      Those who imitate something place themselves in a subjugated
      position in relation to the author of the original, he said.

      "For this
      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.

      He
      pointed out that the foundation of European civilization, which includes Russia,
      is based on two cornerstones: Greek-Roman philosophy and biblical
      revelations.

      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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