Rebel Wisdom and David Fuller have come up with a new video on the Ukraine crisis, “Putin’s Religious Mission”, with Gary Lachman, the author who wrote “The Return of Holy Russia: Apocalyptic History, Mystical Awakening, and the Struggle for the Soul of the World”.
After the video from John Mearsheimer showing the strategic perspective, this video shows a psychological difference between the perception of the West and that of Russia. I have touched upon the differences between individualism and collectivism in the past, which gets a mention here as well, but the mystical vision of Russia that has been pushed in recent years is a completely new perspective and quite disturbing.
The problem is, in my view, that Christianity isn’t the key to this worldview, but that it is a completely different ideology, and western thinkers are taken aback at the radical difference in this outlook. The combination of Russia regaining its identity, with the perceived threat from the pagan West, is something that seems to be driving Putin and his followers.
The video was released under the Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed).