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Terrible Mission of Father Kuraev2011-04-19 18:18
"Can Russia do anything good?!" This slightly turned evangelical yell of the mass media dependent on official Tbilisi is more than appropriate. One would think: what harm can there be if an Orthodox missionary Andrey Kuraev comes to Abkhazia? But the pro-Tbilisi journalists always contrive to see something negative. Are they irritated by quiet non-politicized conversation or does he just not realize that people can seriously speak on spiritual subjects?
The current Georgian authorities have been trying to put any religious issues of the country on a political footing. There are many examples of this: from Saakashvili's flirts with the Pope and the Muslim to the efforts of the pro-Tbilisi mass media to break up the long-standing spiritual liaison between the Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churches. No wonder that timeservers are just not able to see in religion anything else than a political bludgeon.
So they are terribly irritated when a quiet conversation on elevated, spiritual matters starts within their easy reach. Today's official Tbilisi cannot understand this language, it makes them writhe like the devil from holy water and look for a catch in the most innocent events. And journalists have to wriggle in order to behold a political component where no trace of it can be found. As a result there is no rhyme or reason in that.
"You see, Abkhazian people are in quite a risky situation, and maybe they do not understand it themselves. The thing is it is very difficult for the whole people to live in a resort area. What does it mean to be a boy or a girl growing at a resort? You can always see how strangers throw their money around burning the candle at both ends. You can see some debauchery, you can see a holiday of a Vorkuta miner but you cannot see how he earns this money, how he works at his mine. You do not know what his sweat smells like. And here is a false illusion that life should be like this, that this is what should be sought. So a psychology of extreme consumerism comes into existence", Father Andrey Kuraev said in his program "Parochial View" before his trip to Abkhazia.