Sakharov's lesson

17:23 | June 29 2013

When during the Congress of USSR People's Deputies in 1989, Andrei
Sakharov approached the tribune, the representatives of the communist
nomenclature sitting in the hall began to whistle, shout, stamped
their feet, so his voice is not heard. The position of the academician
was absolutely not arrogant, he was mumbling, his voice was trembling,
his thoughts were not beautifully `packed'. I remember once he began
his speech as follows:
`Today, a girl came up to me, she was crying' (the police did not
allow a demonstration). On hearing that, the representatives of
`aggressive-obedient majority' began to giggle honestly, what is this
man talking about in the highest state instance, what girl, what
crying. But Sakharov was one of those people who does not care what
kind of impression he leaves, he says what he thinks, and today, by
the way, a lot of his word are becoming a reality.
In particular, still in 1974 he predicted what effect the Internet
will leave in a human life, and in the same 1989, during the last
months of his life, had put forward the idea of the Eurasian Union.

But the main thing in this character were not the scientific
prophecies but the absence of evil. He wanted to peacefully reform the
country, which he lived in, but he did not want to hurt anybody. This
was the source of his power and reputation.

Today, when evil and distorted, unhealthy psychological manifestations
are poured out through the same Internet, Sakharov's example becomes
very actual. It seems that today, among us, calling to an `anti-hero'
burning, slaughtering, drowning are considered to be the supreme
manifestations of courage and a man of principle. The pressure of
`aggressive-obedient majority' does not allow deviating from this
attacking position an inch.
I'm also not an exception at all. I also take personal offence of some
people, I also `catch' myself in an evil, foamy and unacceptable
tonality. I am also sometimes getting involved into some small,
raunchy `settling the scores'. So, the slogan `start from thee', of
course, is more than applicable here. Each of us needs to take this
evil out.

All criminals will get their punishment. Every decent man's duty is to
promote the public justice to take place. But when people clench their
teeth and wrists, and recite the words of hatred against the
evil-doers, to tell the truth, I begin to doubt whether justice is the
purpose of those hatred men.


From: Baghdasarian