In the light of frequent statements that the Russian and Belarusians — one people, I had the irresistible need to destroy this myth and to prove the opposite, for the simple reason that this myth is pernicious.
And the truth is among us and Shine with vivid colors.
Just note that the arguments I will not allow the questionable texts from thick books about the history of the two peoples, but will share just a subjective observation: General features of characters and behavior patterns of Belarusians and Russian in the natural labor and household conditions.
The main difference between the Russian people of Belarusian is a powerful emotion, and as an add — maximalism and extreme judgments. Perhaps, these properties occupy a major role in the comparative analysis are key. Belarusian in this sense — the antithesis of the Russian: he’s pragmatic, calm, doesn’t like extremes, not subject to mood swings, as its Eastern neighbor.
Blind adherence to the ideas, the slogans, “first doing, then thinking,” carelessness is very often prevail in Russian behavior, leading to negative, destructive, irrational results. The manner of the Russian “long harness, but quickly go”, in my opinion, less truthful than the everyday “spontaneously jump up and rush into the unknown”. The impetuosity of the Russian and Belarusian randomquote — these signs are also highly visible in the public space.
Next, the positive quality, indicating a dissimilarity Russian to Belarusian, Russian is immense openness to a stranger (xenophilia), ease of communication with him, the versatile talent of perception and acceptance of different people. Still, we should admit that the Belarusian absorbed Western patterns of social communication and more prone to personalism and isolationism than to the collective and synergistic impact.
At the same time, the Russian and Belarusian there is a common “birthmark” — comisiile. Belarusian love to glorify leaders, expressed brighter, and has its own specific features, in view of the political system, enshrining authoritarian consciousness.
Russian — anarchic, unstable kumaravel. He is actively committed to the space outside, with all its monarchical and religious understanding of the world, the center of which may be even a stool. By the way, the monarchical aspect in any case is not in conflict with anarchist, because Russian aspirations are directed to heaven (freedom of God) and not to the object (the monarch, the owner). This explains I guess why Russian monarchists a century ago became anarchists, and Vice versa.
Belarusian conservatism, love of inanimate paraphernalia, monuments, symbolizing the “master”, “guide”, “gaspadar”, reveal the unique phenomenon is less characteristic of Russian is a fanatical fetishism.
Showing anxious desire to built libraries, houses, lawns, sculptures, vegetable gardens, Belarusian hides the spiritual void here and now, creates a comfortable background, masking the truth about himself today. Belarusians are poseurs who think it is important to instill the illusion of prosperity and to impress others. Belarusians will go in expensive cars over 10 thousand dollars to walk in new shoes, hat, but in the apartment it will be meager, no repairs and special conditions furnished in the style of “Back in the USSR”.
Often immersed in the anguish of despair, lack of prospects, Belarusian, his cowardice, loves to cling to spectacular speeches banal populists, the people’s flatterers who say what the seeker wants to hear at this point in time. By and large, Russian, too, like self-deception, to put liars and clowns in the spotlight.
Showing a huge credit of trust to the managers, constantly repeating their mistakes, not finishing work that was begun, and switching to new beginnings, Russian people nationwide strengthens willpower, a hostage of which, incidentally, is voluntary, although it may change if much want. But the patient, Belarusian, unlike Russian, slowly but meticulously knows how to bring it started to its logical conclusion, even if this process has no meaning.
Russian love to destroy everything old and build on the ruins of the new, inclined to adventurism and revolutionary method of solving problems. Belarusian the ability to remember and keep their history and Russian skill instantly forget the past by erasing from the head painful page — radically different ideas about state building.
It is a mistake to say that laziness and slavery came to Belarus and Russia from Russians. For example, the Belarusian mistrust, suspicion and the Baltic phlegm, as a regressive and purely local qualities not generally characteristic of the Muscovites, Asians and Eastern people, and especially ethnic Russian. Slavery in Russia — a product of the Church. And the lack of culture, rudeness, spiritual darkness is the result of ignorance of the peasant environment.
Obedience, fear of truth and latent xenophobia is the Foundation on which to build the authoritarian government in Belarus. Infantilism dominates the Belarusian identity is immanent, and often your potential he doesn’t want to disclose because of shyness and the same xenophobia.
Tomfoolery, the ability to publicly repent, rebellion — these Russian traits of Belarusians totally alien, incomprehensible and perceived exclusion. In this regard, what can be discussed on common people? Never Russian and Belarusian were not, but simply lived under one big roof occupation. The myth of the unity of the international invaders was invented by the Bolsheviks, who in the details and particular ethnic groups to delve craved for, having 1/7 of the land.
Emancipation of the Russian and Belarusian stiffness is another proof that these two representatives of Eastern European Nations differ from each other. Stamina, strength of will peculiar to the Russian more than Belarusian. Affectionate, air, the Belarusian language and horn, windy Russian language affect the perception and evaluation of the interlocutor.
Sincere simplicity and hospitality — organic, an integral part of the Russian character, which is stronger than the Belarusian. Belarusians vaccinated in Polish arrogance and Catholicism, which in the Russian territory was not and is suddenly resolved.
Without a doubt, the Belarusians and Russians — two different people, so the nationalists from Belarus are absolutely right when you talk about cultural and social identity of the country, Recalling stories of their ancestors in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Despite significant differences, the two are geographically close neighbor, as opposites attract, which is observed in intermittent, but the stability of the Belarusian-Russian relations. Belarusians learn Russian the good and bad experiences as in any society, learn new words, dialects… unfortunately, copy negative influences of show business, secular boorish habits of sharks. Much of what imposes to Russia via Belarus TV, showing an unacceptable form of Imperial conversation with the other States, still is not accepted Western neighbor, though, and to see this protest and rejection of fully difficult in Belarus.
In the end, Belarusians remain Belarusians, and Russians continue to be Russian. And this fact only strengthens the fact that these people are a single whole never was and never will be.