So, for the time being, we must live with such a mood, as much as possible replace unconscious selfishness with rational selfishness, and moral accounts can be settled later, when the chauvinistic darkness ends alongside the war.
Finally, fourthly – this applies primarily to intellectuals, of whom there are many in the anti-war milieu – convey what we are experiencing to thinking people from other countries. Our bitter experience is our misfortune, but it also contains the possibility of solidarity, a chance to restore the battered mutual understanding with the world. In the political disaster that has befallen us, we are not alone, as today in the world in general there is a growing movement toward identitarian narrow-mindedness and aggressive conservatism.
Trump and Le Pen voters (speaking about only Western countries, though there are also Asian powers) are not so different in their thinking from the advocates of the so-called “Russian world:” they all cling to “traditional values,” they all see the existential threat coming from somewhere outside – some fear an invasion of immigrants, others the expansion of NATO. Thus, from the point of view of political culture, the shameful situation that Russia has slipped into is not a unique, monstrous exception, but a generally dangerous pathology. We just historically “lucked out,” finding ourselves on the front line of a catastrophe that threatens everyone, facing a disease in its most acute and severe form from which no nation has natural immunity.
Such a generalization of one’s experience is not self-justification, not an attempt to blur one's responsibility, referring in the spirit of Russian propaganda to the fact that "everyone is like that." Once again, we are not talking about guilt or justification at all, but about the duty that lies with us and that “leavers” and “remainers” can do together, precisely because they hear each other across the border (today, in fact, across the front line); meaning they can pass on what they have heard. As we consider the post-war order, we must think and invite others to think about the challenge that our common civilization now faces, which some call "Western" and others "Christian." To warn the world against the misfortune that has happened to one's country is also a worthy mission of a conscious hostage.