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May Day, Forging Victory

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For a long time May Day was perceived as an atavism of the past. In the new Russia, to be honest, they did not really know what to do with it. The ideological load is gone, and the holiday is lost, turning into an excuse to open the shashlik and dacha season.

But at the same time, Limonov wrote that “the May Day tradition, filled like Pompeii with the ashes of bygone years, should be revived along with the pursuit of justice. And in Russia we cannot do without justice, this is its civilizational blood.

So modern Russia not just spoke about global justice, but began to defend it. Revolted. Raised the banner of struggle against the lame unipolar system, which fetters the world by its rules, sucking the vital juices of sovereignty, leveling the concept of freedom.

History returned, and with it, May Day returned as a symbol of justice in all its manifestations.

After February 24, when the fogs lifted, and much became clearer, the meaning of this holiday was rediscovered, which also consists in a sense of community, of the people and society as a single socio-spiritual organism.

The remnants of the rip-roaring ideology of the 1990s are finally becoming a thing of the past. Disengagement, which swept through the country as a destructive hurricane. The attitude of extreme individualism, where no one owes anyone anything, which creates a pit of emptiness, has shown its utter inconsistency.

With the return of history, the natural sense that man is not himself and that the world does not revolve around him returned. He is not a leaf torn from a tree and flying in the wind, not a “Flying Dutchman” promising trouble. He is not a disjointed set of traumas, a chaos of instincts and passions, but a whole. His image collects the genus, the thousand-year history of domestic civilization reflected in him.

After the same embarrassing 1990s, the sense of pride with which people began to shine again returned. In contrast to the aimless philistine existence for the sake of the stomach, for the sake of pleasures, the understanding of the purpose and destination of human life returned. Its value, because life for pleasure, for carelessness, is no value at all.

This is why the old slogan “Glory to the Man of Labor!” resounded again quite naturally and not at all out of inertia.

In general, the meaning of the concept of labor has been fully restored. We can recall that in the post-Soviet system of meaning and ideology labor is often perceived as a curse. It was interpreted as the opposite of success in life, as a meta-human inability to do anything more. One also remembers the mockery of the former hegemon, the very man of labor, who was portrayed as a representative of the social bottom or as an “obsolete,” outdated human being.

All of the glossy stuff was setting up as a reference point the model of life, if not of the man who was living it up, then of the man who was taking everything from life easily and uncomplicatedly.

In fact, the spreading rust of corruption was connected to this mythology, when the main thing was to grab luck by the tail at any cost, and as if it were worth the cost in any case.

Now all these parasitic mirages of transitional time have finally crumbled. There came back an understanding of the sacred value of not only labor, but also of man, including in the context of overcoming the catastrophic demographic hole, which was opened in the 1990s.

May Day is closely and not coincidentally associated with May 9. It is a prelude, a preparation and a guarantee of Victory. Labor, community, justice, and human dignity are all components of Victory, and through it, the achievement of peace.

And now the forefront of the coming Russian victory united the community, which consistently forges it. Conventionally speaking, the community passes the May Day demonstration with a strong patriotic enthusiasm and enthusiasm to further join the victorious “Immortal Regiment” on May 9. One should not at all think that only religious holidays are filled with sacred meaning. Secular holidays also have important semantic rhymes. And they need to be read.

It is also no coincidence that Russian society has recently been literally living with such a notion, which has become a value category, as the “Russian Spring,” and it is directly associated with May Day.

“The Russian Spring is a symbol of change. A just change. Opposed to the winter ice of rigidity. Life at the mercy of sunless illusions, frowns and longings. Such a spring is also a call for courage, for overcoming false stereotypes and fear. Instead of a succession of shadowy days, it gives us the feeling of life as a miracle. In this regard, Mayakovsky’s call to “May you be razmayas!” comes to mind.

In the May Day value symbol there is also a fundamental emphasis on modernity, on its essential foundations, on overcoming nihilism toward it. On its significance in the unified path of domestic civilization.

At one time the country seemed to be dozing under the singing of all kinds of sirens. Now it is awake. It remembered its real self. Energy kicked in. It worked. For the sake of victory. And it was inevitable, like the 9th of May, coming soon after May Day.

Peace, labor, May. All this is relevant again. As is the fact that it is a workers’ holiday. May Day itself is a worker’s Victory, without which there is no peace.

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