A country of happiness? What do those yearning for the USSR believe in
Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the VIII convocation
Some people think so. That is why they miss the USSR – the country that did everything for the people. She even broke up to make people free and happy
How can you not love the USSR? After all, there were so many wonderful things in the USSR, and everything was for people . Remember how wonderful the products were. Remember the same half-rotten potatoes that all Soviet vegetables smelled like? Do you remember evergreen tomatoes? Do you remember the dumplings that stuck together in a pack of one dumpling, because they were defrosted and frozen several times? And we ate it. With pleasure. After all, there was no other on the shelves.
Do you think that this is because under the USSR the quality of food was low? No! This prepared us all for difficult times. We were taught to survive. And they taught. Because not every person can survive if he is fed with what was in Soviet stores. Now in supermarkets there are 6 varieties of tomatoes and 20 types of bread, and then there were tomatoes and bread. Without varieties and types. And people yearn for those times. Because there was no problem of choice. They took what was, if it was on sale at all.
And the queues? Remember the amazing queues back then? We stood behind everything. For groceries, furniture, books, boots and clothes. And in these lines, we were taught not to get tired, not to let those who want to skip the line and then rejoice that we managed to buy such scarce things as toilet paper, cigarettes or toothpaste. In those lines, Soviet people met, got married, gave birth to children and died, but did not give up. Indeed, in these lines we were taught to be resilient and enduring. And on the subcortex of a Soviet person, next to the words: “Where on the washed?” was also imprinted: “Where out of line ?!”. It is now possible for a queue for a new iPhone, but then people stood in line for a home phone for 10 years. And not everyone was waiting.
And what about grocery shopping? Remember this quest? By the way, the words “ quest “we did not know, but everyone obeyed the general rule – find food or be hungry. Therefore, living in a semicircle on Darnitsky Boulevard, I bought milk in a grocery store near the post office on Malyshko, and then ran for fermented baked milk and draft sour cream on Boychenko. There was a dairy shop and there was a higher chance of buying milk than in a deli. And if someone cannot understand why it was impossible to buy everything in one store, then there was only one reason – there was not only one place. After all, in this way we were taught to navigate the terrain well and, following the rules of the quest, bring home all the products. And if we were lucky, then in the process of obtaining food we could get a bonus – stand in line and buy a blue bird of happiness. The price tag said that it was a chicken, but it was really blue, and it was happiness if you managed to buy it. And we rejoiced at this happiness. And now I went to the store, you look at the assortment and you realize that you don’t need to get anything. You need to put everything in the basket and go to the checkout. But this is primitive, and killed the daily quest in our lives.
Do you remember vodka in the USSR? The names were different – Pshenichnaya, Russkaya, Stolichnaya, Posolskaya, but the people divided them into two types with “twist” and “capless”. And if at first the “peakless cap” had a tail, which was pulled and the bottle was opened, then the tail was removed and opened with teeth, forks, knives. So people were taught to find a way out of difficult situations. And they taught. Because they cared about people. Not like now – I unscrewed it and the vodka poured itself. And no pleasure in overcoming difficulties. And you don’t even have to stand in line for vodka. And what a pleasure it is to drink it without overcoming the difficulty of obtaining vodka.
How well did the people spend their time together? Remember regular party meetings and political information? They turned people into a single organism, which was told who should be hated – Jews, the United States, dissidents, Sakharov, writers. Yes, there was an ideology then. She was misanthropic, but she was. And now the descendants of the Vokhrovites and the NKVDists, the children of party workers and their servants, miss her so much. And many more of them yearn for the words ” blat” and “scarcity”. Because everything of high quality, beautiful, tasty and necessary could be obtained only by pull, because everything was in short supply. What times were! And they are missed.
Do you remember the KGB? There worked ” bright” people who spent their lives fighting dissidents and those who were close to dissent. And the KGB also worked to prevent people from loading their brains with books by Orwell and Bulgakov, Aksenov and Nabokov, Pasternak and Solzhenitsin. And then they will read it – and they will begin to engage in all kinds of freethinking. By the way, the KGB was also engaged in the fight against free-thinking, but apparently not very successfully, because the USSR is still dead. But then people were engaged in ” creativity ”, thanks to cooperation with the KGB. Soviet people with enthusiasm and zeal wrote anonymous letters and slander against neighbors, friends, acquaintances, colleagues and everyone else. Those were the times! And now anonymous telegram channels do a good job with this. But without a soul. People don’t have that creative impulse to write denunciations to the KGB. Out of the habit.
And what were the leaders then? Stalin alone is worth something. What a country he built! It was under him that the GULAG and the Belomorkanal appeared. You can be proud of this? And how did science and culture ” flourish” under him ? In each ” zone” there were professors and actors, academics and engineers, poets and writers. Some were really shot, but as you know, the forest is cut down – chips fly. And there were a lot of such chips from 1930 to 1953. There were 3 778 234 political prisoners, and 786 098 of them were sentenced to death. But these are trifles, right? What country they have grown. True, the people fled from it at the first opportunity, but it was they from a misunderstanding of their happiness in living in the USSR. After all, the USSR was a country of happiness.
And now, looking at all of the above, it is not clear how you can not love the USSR – a country that did everything so that every citizen was a small cog in the general mechanism of a totalitarian regime. It’s happiness for everyone to live together in such a country. Even in a barrack country, but together. And the ice cream was delicious, albeit at 20 kopecks, and everything else was free. But the latter is not certain.
Although people think so. That is why they miss the USSR – the country that did everything for the people. She even died so that people would become free and happy. But not everyone succeeded. And now they sadly say: “What a country they have ruined!” And what will today’s children yearn for if you can buy any ice cream in supermarkets. And now, how can you not love the USSR after all this?