Blog post
Published: 17.12.2009

… we are talking to our contemporaries. 
… and this is all. 
… which means, we are talking to OURSELVES,
… but we don’t think about children. 
We don’t have anything to tell them. 

in principle, yes, children are our everything!
We love children!
But, actually, who knows what is there underfoot. 

I can as well say that I love cinema or roses… 

Cinema and roses can be switched on and off as I wish,…
And these little buggers – only as THEY wish
and it’s always happening at the wrong time.

... there should exist another principle of interaction
… it’s just that here and now we don’t know it

... or we don’t remember it.

when we are doing something …
do we invent something new or rather recollect something old?

They say, “every new thing is an old thing well and truly forgotten”

… How well forgotten?

... How far?

Or, how deeply?

Well, what do I remember… or, rather, what am I potentially able to remember?
My own personal experience or something that other people told me.

And, these other people are fond of laying on the colours too thin or too thick

for example,
During the reign of Ivan the Fourth, something like 4200 people were put to death,
(by any stretch of the imagination historians cannot make this number much bigger)

out of those people, 1000 were executed in Novgorod.

The rest were condemned by the Court
(as the Tsar could not put people to death without the Court)  

But, nevertheless, he was called “Ivan the Terrible”,
And the Novgorod execution was called The Bloodbath.
And there is a painting by Repin, “Ivan the Terrible is killing his own son”,
Which assumes that this ruler was a mad psychopath.

… but there exist Folk Songs about this tsar.
And people don’t usually sing songs about maniacs and psychopaths,
They would not do it just out of fear or to flatter him,
… it means, that he was really loved and respected.

The plain truth is that there are people who need Him to be “Terrible”
(by the way, “terrible” is an inexact translation, it is rather the strict Father,
the thunder bearing God.
This person is better not to be touched,
as he is serious and heavy not only in word but in deed).
but if we recollect Henry VIII or The Iron Duke of Alba,
then we see that the whole story of John the Terrible is not such a butchery.
Although, for that time, it might have been just too much, …. Might have been….
It’s only in the 15th century when
they started to put people to death for treason, arson and triple theft in Russia…

Here we are… why Russians steal so much?
We say:
“If there had been so many chopped hands and heads in Russia, as in Europe,
we would surely not steal.”
Europeans have this “DON”T STEAL” in their genes.

And we here in Contemporary Russia, we do not even pay taxes :)
It’s like a game in Russia :)
People are separate from the State, the State is separate from people.
 Russians are very superstitious and they won’t pay 13% tax
Or they’ll find one thousand reasons not to do it.

In Russia, the thirteen superstition is very common… and the government knows that.
Therefore, nobody will pay THE DEVIL’S TAX!!!
A game is a game :)
12 or 14 percent everybody would pay WITH PLEASURE, but 13 :)? No way :)!

… Ah, yes! What was I talking about?.. Memory!
How are taxes related to memory? … Probably, they are not :).
I just got a bit distracted :)
Well, memory…?

individual memory is short
Ancestral memory… the grandma’s treasure chest… also, not so deep.
Textbooks on history? … but they are different in every other country,
and say completely different things.  

… And what is “The Song of Gilgamesh”?
How could it come to existence?
… The first literary creation?
… Doesn’t the author seem to have known too much?
The thing is, before anything like that could come into existence,
You need at least several thousand years of magnificently blossoming culture.
For the first time, it was written down on clay tablets by order of Ashurbanipal,
but before it must had been spoken  for at least a thousand years.
Where can we see reflections of that blossom?
…clay walls around City of Ur? … Is this all?
Supposedly, that was an outstanding culture,
they knew psychology, literature and creative thinking,
and had mastered these fields firsthand.

Now, about several thousand years of magnificently blossoming culture.
For example, let’s take Filigree.
In order to create it in the form that we nowadays know,
Before, somebody must have created the technology of making threads of metals.
Then, somebody took two threads and interwove them.
Then, somebody flattened them.
Then, somebody noticed that evenness of the line depended on tightness of the weave.
Then, somebody started to intertwine the plait until it broke again.
And until it broke again after that.
Then, the corner was invented – (a kind of a flattened round bead).
Then, somebody noticed that if the corner was melted on coals of hard-wood, it made a small bead.
Then, and then, and then…
CENTURIES were passing by in between those THENs… THOUSANDS OF YEARS!!!   

Well, a master makes his piece of art, by uniting somebody else’s THENs together,
and signs it with his name.
Is something wrong here?
Not at all, everything is correct.


… and what was the Alexandrian Library?
Accumulated knowledge of Mankind… Which Mankind?
We have an impression that the Mankind of today doesn’t have any reference whatsoever to the Mankind
whose knowledge was accumulated there.

The Piri Reis map shows us that the Ancient knew the geography of America quite well.
And according to our textbooks, America was only discovered by Columbus.  
And what about the coastline of Antarctica, figured on that map?
At the time of Piri Reis it had already been covered by ice for ages.
Therefore, it’s a copy, but a copy of what?
And who made the original, and when?
And what about the Antikythera mechanism?

There is a whole list of artifacts that put our history and our knowledge under question.
You know, recently I was watching a TV program on history of mechanics,
And they were speaking about the steam engine of Geron Aleksandriyskiy
(Heron's Aeolipile, also known as a “Hero engine”)
I was struck by a sentence uttered by the speaker:
“If Geron of Alexandria had combined his steam engine with a drive gear…
He would have brought forth a Technology Revolution a thousand years earlier…”

Immediately, a question emerged… Did he need this Technology Revolution of ours?
Well, sure, it is important for US :)
but he didn’t give a damn.
Not because he was less clever than we are,
(all this stuff about the initial stage of thinking development… etc.)
He was thinking about different things, and he was thinking differently.


His very method of THINKING was somehow DIFFERENT.

History is written by the Winners, i.e. “The Strong ARE Always Right”.
… but what are The Strong right about?

About the STRENGTH?

About the strength of mind?
Yes, of course, about the strength of mind as well, but this is a special kind of mind.

The mind of war, and the mind of a Winner
Even in peaceful life.
We all think that we live … but actually we don’t live - we fight.

............ and we win.

Over whom?


… This is not clear.

Things that we remember or choose to remember, affect our life
And bring adjustments to what we do or how we live.

And, we all live in Paradise! :) or, in the Best Country in the World!
As it is our World! … and other people in other countries are just not as lucky as we are :)))))

It is so scary – to be not Russian!

Translation by
Yana Tsoy & Steven Brayshaw.


About the author

mi-mi moscow is a union of two independent artists, Mila Kalnitskaya & Micha Maslennikov. They have been working in jewellery art since 1985. Since 2000 working & exposing together, as mi-mi moscow. Work and live in Moscow, Russia

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I can be mistaken
We can be mistaken
You can be mistaken
ALL around us can be mistaken

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don’t be afraid .....
I am afraid myself :)
I am not cleverer than you.
You are not cleverer than me.