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  1. Mentality is still a concept that describes something that is inherent in a large group of people, not individuals.

    It's funny that it was impossible for a Soviet person to compare how the mentality of Soviet people differs from the mentality of, for example, people in the United States, or people in Italy, or people in Brazil. Well, we almost absolutely did not go abroad, at best to the countries of the social camps.

    Even now, official propagandists in the tail and in the mane are trying to sing what a special spirituality and all sorts of other special humanity is “here”, in contrast to the corrupted “West”.

    What can we say about how it was broadcast then.

    In 1991, I was 24 years old. Two years of service in the army, medical school, entry and exit of candidates for membership of the CPSU are behind us.

    So I lived and saw quite a lot in the USSR.

    No, I have absolutely no impression that people in the USSR were kinder, more decent and humane than in the rest of the world. Like everywhere else, people were different.

    Perhaps a fairly pronounced feature was doublethink. That is, mostly people kept in mind the difference between what is supposed to be said and real life. Very. Moreover, this was already so embedded that it was not even particularly realized , but rather perceived as a natural state of affairs.

  2. A SOVIET person is a person living in a state whose political administration is carried out by elected deputies of local government councils. this method of management does not impose any restrictions on the properties of the mentality or character traits.

    humanity and decency correspond to a communist upbringing .. communism is a way of managing and treating private property and the means of production. it is precisely the restriction of private property and the impossibility of owning the means of production (and as a consequence, the impossibility of earning benefits at the expense of other people, that is, the restriction of human exploitation by man) – this is what educates a person to be a humanist .. when the distribution of goods is made not on the basis of private ownership, but on the basis of public ownership-providing for the needy .. when hoarding and acquisitiveness are taken out of the limits of human social relations.

    as a result, if a Soviet person had an increased level of humanism, it was only at the expense of communist upbringing, and at the expense of extra-private distribution of benefits (education, medicine, etc.).. a the Soviet system (administration through councils of deputies) in itself, it does not make a person decent; rather, on the contrary, it creates an opportunity for money-grubbers to get out to high levels of government, where they can secretly resist the ideas of humanism, and introduce capitalist and liberal ideas into communist management, up to the destruction of the social and state system (which happened with the USSR).

  3. Relations between ordinary people were in those days, as I see it, much more “human” (spiritual) than now. It's probably trite because people didn't have much to” share “(many” grievances “appear when” unfair sharing “occurs, and there is no fair sharing, but people want to believe that it is possible, hence the”discontent”).

    After all, as Evgeny Yakovlev correctly said, everything is known in comparison. Therefore, in those days, they did not think much about the qualities of people you indicated, naively believing that “in the West” people are exactly the same and live exactly the same way as in the “land of Soviets” (many realized that they “lost” only when they could compare “lost” with something). In this sense, it was easier for me (and in Soviet times I was “visiting”), i.e. I could compare even then.

    By the way, life “in the West” has changed a lot during this time (it definitely did not become” kinder”).

    And the “mentality” is something out of the “other opera” it seems (at least in those days there were fewer prejudices and myths, although the myth of “building communism” by “supporting and approving” all myths is a myth).

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