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20:00 26.03.2016

Our understanding of the nation

Communists and liberals are united either by denial of the nation as a phenomenon or by understanding it as a certain set of individuals with passports of a certain type. The events in the East of our country demonstrated the price of this approach when the owners of Ukrainian passports were burning our flags, killing our men and raping our women, whose only fault was that they were Ukrainians living in the Ukrainian land. We may recall the rich experience of Western countries where, for example, the owners of French passports celebrate holidays by mass burning of cars belonging to the ordinary French.

The rightists understand the nation in the absolutely different way. For them, this is the community of "the dead, the living and the unborn," as taught by Taras Shevchenko. The nation is an extended family, a unique community, being a part of which is a gift from God and nature. According to the majestic comparison by the famous philosopher, Johann Gottfried Herder, the nations are the thoughts of God. The building of the nation as a set of people with certain papers not simply contradicts a common sense, but is refuted by the whole course of world history.

It is clear that the backbone of the Ukrainian nation is the Ukrainian people by blood. But what about the rest? In this regard, we again rely on the understanding of the nation as a family. Usually you are born in the family, but it is possible to come in it through adoption or brotherhood which our ancestors understood not as an illustration of close friendship but as an extremely important act of the customary law.

Now the situation repeats itself. Many non-Ukrainians gave away their lives for our nation, many shed their blood right now. They have become brothers to our protectors, and they are virtually the only ones who have the right to be adopted by our mother Ukraine, which means "rooting" or "naturalization" in terms of modern jurisprudence. 

Eduard Yurchenko