An ordinary November day with an unusual story. The seventh day of November, it seems, has not been celebrated for a long time as the Day of the Great October Revolution, and it is now called differently: the day of the October revolution or simply the day of the Revolution (without the "October" and without the "Great"), and it has not been a red day of the calendar for a long time.
But you can't fool your memory. Moreover, people with red flags still take to the streets, not in a great number, but they do. It seems that we have long repented of the massacre that began 104 years ago, and even introduced the National Unity Day into state calendar. That was done, on the one hand, to oust any revolution from the public consciousness, and on the other, to emphasize the need for social unity in the face of any misfortune, be it either an invasion of foreigners, or another cholera. But so far, neither one nor the other is working.
Our society was so badly divided on that very day 104 years ago that we still cannot unite. No matter what issue from Russian history is discussed, there will still be sharp (and sometimes furious) disputes between the right and the left (although, it would seem, there are no political "platforms" now, because everyone's agenda is "for all things good"), red and white (although coloring the armies has long been in the past), patriots and liberals (although neither of them have anything to do with patriotism or liberalism).
It seems that the civil war that started on one gloomy St. Petersburg autumn day never ended. Even not taking historical and political disputes into account – we are still at war with each other. These days a new confrontation has been added – "vaccinated" and "anti-vaxers" (the word itself cuts the ear, something from "shoe wax" is heard in it). Everyone is in a fight: the old and new generations, dieters and body-positivity enthusiasts, feminists and traditionalists. It seems that we are using every opportunity to blame something on each other. The priest expressed his point of view on current events – he was crushed on television. The doctor doubted the correctness of the treatment protocol – he was subjected to obstruction in social networks. The rapper, popular with young people, expressed his point of view, and all TV channels, public figures and the investigative committee immediately attacked him. Who's next? Who will we crucify in a minute? In an hour? Tomorrow?
Gradually, over one hundred and four years, we have turned not into a society of unity, but into a society of hatred. The headmaster introduced a priest to the school – "is he crazy, we have a secular education!", the subject "Fundamentals of Orthodox Culture" was renamed "Fundamentals of Religions" - "How can they! Orthodoxy is our main religion!".
It seems that comprehending the past and the present, it is time for us to accept that our main task as a society is not to increase, accelerate or expand, but to unite with all our might, forgiving and accepting everything that happened to the fathers. Otherwise, our civil war will never end. From the desire to crucify someone, it would be good to come to the desire to love someone. Otherwise, how can we fulfill the covenant of Christ: "But I say to you: Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who offend you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Heavenly Father, for He commands his sun to set on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" (Matthew 5:43-45).