an average Russian (should I better say Soviet) of late 70s, early 80s was kinder towards his own nation and foreigners,
The Iron curtain kept us apart, unfortunately.
I am very happy, we (normal people) get to communicate finally and not let the politicians, with their own agendas, tell us what other people are like.
was better educated, didn't have to worry about the quality of what he ate (because the quality of food was much better) and always had an opportunity to work and earn his living.
The quality of food everywhere was better.
They told us GM foods would be better, now they tell us organic is better. when i was a kid there was no organic foods or so much that there was no concern about anything else.
Work and earn money
I am dealing with an old guy today here in Lithuania, he does not work, only for bribes.
The corruption in this country is underestimated, bribes are a way of life.
Earn money?, what use was money, if there was nothing in the shops?.
The methods of manipulating people just became in a way a bit more complicated but generally they stayed the same.
One of the big differences between communism and other isms seems to be freedom of speech, tens of thousands of Lithuanians were sent to work in Siberia, as young as 15 years old (I heard).
They have banned the sale of any and all Soviet memorabilia here, saying it was as bad as the Nazis.
(it should be noted that Lithuania has an agenda when accusing the soviets). The Jews here were mainly killed by Lithuanians (during the Nazi occupation) they really did do it themselves.
Then the Soviets came and the jews fought with them, sometimes killing Lithuanians, so there is a bit of a political battle here.
Something like, you killed us (forget about what we did).
I do find here in Lithuanian, that there was a devolution, people who could think for themselves or had leadership qualities were killed.
If you blindly followed, you lived, thankfully this not hereditary and there is a few generations gap here between people over 40 and under 40 years of age, it will take time.
I can't work with many people over here over 40 as a result of the communist infliction.
I do not have much time now, I will try to make my point clearer later.
Do you know what i mean?, is it the same for you (you being anyone).