Saturday, 28 November

The Age of Disagreement

The social behaviour of Ukrainians, as well as the political behaviour of Ukraine as a state, sometimes look like immature.

Making a parallel with a family it reminds parents who carefully distinguish and compare the behaviour of their own children with other kids.

It is somewhat funny that citizens of Ukraine treat their own country as a sweet but unknown child. They are often strict but at the same time spoil it with plenty of useful liberal advice.

However, when the time comes to deal with inheritance, compensation or subsidy, all disagreements are forgotten. Citizens immediately proclaim their serious proofs of kinship and rights for legacy. In the ’90s, many cultural amateurs passionately spoke about the hugeness of the Ukrainian cultural heritage to the extent that it was scary to look into it until it looked onto you.

This phenomenon quickly became a topic for memes since there had been no convincing written testimonies about the exactitude of Ukrainian heritage (like Chinese, Egyptian or Maya).

Later another extreme emerged. Major political and economic mistakes of Ukraine were attributed to a newborn, infant country’s status with a tendency to explore a reality mainly by touch. With all the following consequences.

Current speculations on the topic of age have become more intense as biological, social, and psychological characteristics of age differ (and often diverge).

Anthropomorphism (a description of an animal or an object which behave as a human) is an ancient phenomenon as human beings themselves.

A core component of any scientific claim is repeatability of an experiment. But nature is unrepeatable. We have no other instrument of knowing nature (including political and social) but through our own feelings.

That is why we find imagery more convincing than accuracy, capacity/volume is more attractive than graphical two-dimensionality and poetry always wins the truth.

Thinking about our own country, we do not emphatically reject those boring scientific considerations, no matter how meaningful and logical they might be, but we slightly push them somewhere in the far corner of our consciousness. We find our surroundings easier to understand because we grew up among them.

Gender-Role behaviour is one of the basic matrices. It has its own peculiarities in every culture. An average puberty age has decreased significantly since the mid-nineteenth century and continue declining by about four months in a decade.

A sequence of the biological developmental stages is persistent as well as the associated with the changes in nature.

Let’s look at our country from the lens of its maturity. Has it reached the age of socially responsible relationships with others? Or are those relationships still a matter of the Criminal Code of Ukraine?

Some, while gravitating to the above-mentioned stereotype of antiquity, determine the age of modern Ukraine as 28 years. Others justify 2014 as the Ukrainian nation’s awakening year.

Defining age of maturation, let’s draw an analogy of fertility for our country and suppose that it is capable to provide something more representative than metal scrap and sunflower oil globally.

A human being’s maturation begins when the brain gives impulses to a reproductive system to produce different hormones of growth.

In a political domain, a presence or an absence of such impulses depend on the President’s political will. The President sends “impulses” of a certain political course to the Verkhovna Rada, which through a law-making (“hormones”) process stimulates activities of the Cabinet of Ministers to promote a country’s growth.

A biological concept of maturity reflects only those changes that occur in a reproductive system. It does not reflect the cultural or social aspects of adulthood. As a modern structure, the Verkhovna Rada looks like a fully matured organ. In any case, its primary political attributes have a tendency to become more substantial.
A major question is to what extent a Verkhovna Rada’s “hormonal” lawmaking activity is acceptable to a matured social body? Politicians are determined to work in a serious and adult way and in general, it is welcomed. However, a desirable country’s adulthood has been not confirmed by its either economic or military-technical capabilities.

Ukraine has a strong spirit. Not everywhere in the country, but it prevails.

Which child does not want to perform as an adult at a certain developmental period and expect all the adult rights and opportunities while still maintaining its children’s responsibilities? And which child does not act sometimes as a seasoned adult? Even adults change their attitudes towards those children to better.

However, an attitude does not change the real age regardless of our gentle talks to each other.

The country’s adolescence (similar to a human body) significantly overlaps a duration stage of its maturation.

A political maturity of an ethnic nation and maturity of a political nation are “two big differences.” In the first case, we are all quite adult. Though a share of that adulthood, in relation to the whole Ukrainian population (speaking about ideas and their persuasiveness), is extremely small.

An opposite case concerns the Ukrainian political nation- it is still at a stage of a tender bud. Everyone tries to pull it without a proper response. Well, it has not grown yet, go away! Though both local and foreign fans persist.

The national identity of Ukrainians carries archaic characteristics. Though science does clarify if there exists an alternative national identity’s category other than archaic.

Political identity is a big question. Major human changes are inherent in adolescence: mood swings, fractured voices, “ugly duckling” and even vanity of the Universe first discoverer.

A biological process of voice change usually accompanies rapid physical development and occurs over a short period of time in human life. A life expectancy for nations and countries in this matter is a separate topic. We can only say with certainty that the historical periods according to which we estimate our own country’s development are very insignificant. Even at their extreme periods.

Ukraine’s political voice, both at a home kitchen and outside is still unable to pick up the right tone. Sometimes it goes from a high pitch range to bass, but for the most part, it is falsetto and a shy cough.

We can rather talk about a “misdevelopment” syndrome when we mention a backbone and muscles of the state. Such syndrome is based on the societal dynamics available with open Internet access. A specific gene which is responsible for passing the information on and is inherited from an unfamiliar period of state-building still remains unknown.

A hormonal production by the adrenal cortex corresponds to changes which are peculiar for a certain period of human development.

In other words, all legislative initiatives and good intentions (in the Ukrainian case they are the same categories) must correspond to a proper phase of adulthood.

Misguided adulthood makes the surrounding environment to accept the country’s development seriously (which is very pleasant) and negotiate with it in an adult way. Here all pleasant things are over.

At this very stage, the Ukrainian citizens are collectively and demonstratively trying to separate themselves from their state, pretending that they are still little children and behave like children who awkwardly had rubbed their mother’s cosmetics before their parents arrived.

Ukraine, as a teenager, who does not agree with a wise parent remark reacts back with tears of resentment.

The age of a social disagreement carries along with a number of behavioral risks.

Adolescent psychology, unfortunately, often associates with cases of suicide.

In a vast majority of such cases, youth suicides are the demonstrative attempts to get attention to person’s great despair. Despite other intentions, those demonstrations sometimes end tragically.

Despair has nothing to do with reality. However, for a teenager, it doesn’t matter at that unfortunate moment.

An impudently demonstrative behaviour of Ukraine has teenage attributes. A system of signals, which are sent by teenagers to the outside world for a very specific purpose, is understood only by them. Such signals are misinterpreted by the adults. Those signals cannot be perceived differently other than wrongly since they include “adult” information components.

A disagreement with the objective reality and with all those “adults” who represent it can go in two ways: creativity or self-destruction.

In a creative case, teenagers materialize their fantasies and through an assessment of their own creativity enter the adult world. Self-destruction or its demonstration is an insult reaction to a lack of proper conditions for creativity.

As for all teenagers, the main question remains open, whether today’s Ukraine is looking for a way of creativity or self-destruction.

Oleh Pokalchuk

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