THE DULL WORLD OF COMMUNISM
Communist ideology has produced a noticeably conservative, rigid, colorless
society. To understand this, one needs only recall Communists' attitude
toward their own citizens. As stressed earlier, the materialist philosophy
at the root of Communism sees a human being as composed only of matter.
It denies the existence of a human soul or spirit, claiming that human
consciousness is nothing more than a product of "matter in motion." To
the materialist, therefore, human beings are only advanced machines. All
their thoughts and feelings are deemed to be the results of chemical reactions
happening within the machine.
In other words, materialists believe that the cells and the atoms composing
us have consciousness, the ability to think, see and hear, take pleasure
in beauty, and feel sorrow when confronted with bad experiences. If you
asked these people if an atom can think, they would certainly say no,
but they do think that thinking ability arises when some atoms come together
to form the brain.
Moreover, Marxist ideology supposes that all of human
culture and consciousness is materially based. According
to Communist thinking, no independent consciousness exists apart from
the material world around us. On the contrary, human consciousness
is experienced completely within the world of matter. Marx claimed that,
"It is not the consciousness of men that determines
their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines
their consciousness."54 Ludwig Feuerbach, one
leading Marxist thinker, summed up the nonsense of materialist logic when
he declared, "a person is what he eats."
Because of their materialist prejudice, Marxists view
human society in terms of material criteria. They concentrate much of
their attention on the idea of "class" as a material concept. Class refers
to the various economic levels in a society and, for Marxists, is the
only important criterion. According to Marxists, for example, workers
make up a single class called the "proletariat"; capitalists compose the
"bourgeoisie" class. Because all workers live in unsuitable conditions,
therefore, they must share the same "proletarian consciousness." In the
same way, capitalists must all share a "bourgeois" consciousness because
they all share in the same wealth. Marxists don't accept that a worker
or a factory owner might possibly have a totally different consciousness
arising from his own independent character or world view.55
The cold faces of Lenin, Engels and Marx adorning
important places in every Communist regime.
A natural result of this point of view is to divide people into separate
material categories and evaluate them accordingly. For a Marxist, the
only existing categories-such as the bourgeoisie, the little (or petite)
bourgeoisie, the proletariat, imperialists and compradors-are completely
based on material factors. If a person works in a factory with his own
hands, his existence is determined by the work he does. If a villager
works in the fields, his only consciousness is that of a villager.
Because of this point of view, Marxists claim that the course of history's
only determinant is the "means of production." Marx's famous Das Kapital
tries to interpret history in terms of means of production. According
to Marx, "primitive society" was a group of hunter-gatherers. With the
switch to agriculture, a society of "serfs" was born. Later "feudal society"
developed, along with new changes in the kind of production. When machines
were invented, a new kind of production called industry came to be. With
it came "capitalist society." According to Marx, such concepts as religion,
state, law, family and morality all arose and developed from differences
in the kinds of production.
Marxism's narrow view of history has been disproved by the explanations
of many thinkers, to say nothing of concrete experience. Therefore, there's
no reason to demonstrate that invalidity here, only to focus on the conservative,
dull, rigid, colorless society that a materialist enterprise produces.
Contrary to the Marxist belief, the human spirit or soul isn't a material
product. On the contrary, what we call matter is seen, heard and felt
by spirit. Therefore, it's not possible to define the human spirit in
terms of the material conditions in which it finds itself. God created
the human spirit with various aspects and tendencies, such as intelligence,
imagination, feelings and desires. No matter what circumstances a person
finds himself in, these tendencies will not change; they will only be
expressed in a different way.
God created the first man and gave him the same qualities and skills
as today's human beings. For this reason, our level consciousness does
not differ according to the place or time we live in. The will, feelings,
thoughts and mind of the very first human being in history are the same
as for anyone living today. The only difference is the means he uses to
express them. An individual's level of consciousness varies according
to how he uses the mental skills he has been given and the urgings of
his conscience. Muslims, who are conscious of this, are not limited by
time, location, environment or particular ideological ideas. As God has
commanded them in the Qur'an, they ponder everything that happens to them,
trying to grasp its subtleties and see its beauty. In the Qur'an (2:164),
God describes the believer's consciousness:
In the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the
night and day, and the ships which sail the seas to people's benefit,
and the water which God sends down from the sky-by which He brings the
earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every
kind-and the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient
between heaven and earth, there are Signs for people who use their intellect.
For this reason, those who believe in God have a wide horizon. They always
think freely, and are endlessly creative in various fields of art and
Unable to grasp this truth, Marx and his followers tried to cram human
consciousness in the extremely narrow, fabricated mould of "class-consciousness."
They forced everyone they could influence to think and live in these imaginary
terms. In every country where Marxism took root, just as it murdered tens
of millions with no remorse, so it froze human expression in art, aesthetics,
and other expressions of the human spirit.
The Lifelessness Of "Communist Art"
Aleksander Rodchenko, a leader in "Socialist
With the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917, Russia established the
world's first Marxist regime. First with Lenin, then under Stalin's steel
fist, Communist ideology reshaped the whole country. Its influence can
be seen in the most important elements of culture such as art, aesthetics
Immediately after the revolution, the idea of "proletarian art" came
to the fore. In a magazine called Iskusstvo Kommuny ("Commune
Art"), Communist artists announced their intention to produce works of
art to serve proletarian culture. They expressed similar ideas in the
organization called Proletkult ("Proletarian Culture").
They began to discuss the meaning of "proletarian
art." From the beginning of the 1920s, well-known Russian artists
like Vladimir Yevgrafovich Tatlin and Aleksandr Mikhailovich Rodchenko
defended the idea that an artist must be a technician
who gives practical solutions to problems of the proletariat. Lenin supported
this idea and suppressed many areas of art regarded as useless from the
point of view of the proletariat. For example, Tatlin and Rodchenko
determined that an artistic representation would be of no use to a worker
in his day-to-day life and decided that painting was an invalid form of
A 1927 painting by Russian artist Aleksandr
Deyneka entitled "The Defense of Petrograd."
In 1921, this new understanding of art, called "constructivism," became
the Soviet Union's official art policy. Tatlin, in the forefront of this
way of thinking, thought it was necessary to do something "useful" like
designing houses and furniture, instead of painting useless pictures.
To contribute to the life of the proletariat, he designed clothing for
them to wear during their long working hours, to provide them with the
greatest warmth and flexibility with the least weight and expenditure
of raw materials. He also designed a kind of stove, which would give the
greatest heat with the least amount of fuel.
All artists did not become "engineers" like Tatlin, but they did accept
the idea of "proletarian art" and used their talents to serve Communist
ideology. Almost all Soviet artists of the time produced posters, signs
and slogans for use in workers' clubs and small gatherings called "soviets."
All shared common images: vigorous, well-muscled Soviet villagers and
workers with a hammer or a sickle in hand, angry proletarian figures standing
up and breaking their chains into pieces, armed soldiers marching beneath
red banners under Lenin's leadership. . .
In this new understanding of art, the concept of
"aesthetics" was absent, even regarded as a dangerous bourgeois attachment.
The esthetic ideal was far removed from all pictures, statues, posters,
interior decoration and architectural design. The Encyclopedia Britannica
says that an "anti-estheticism" ruled Communist
art, which became characterized by a plethora of rough, dull and crude
In Stalin's time, this understanding of art became the even more conservative
official policy known as "Socialist Realism,"
described as the view that art is dedicated to the 'realistic' representation
of the principles of the Soviet revolution (that is Communist ideology)
in the daily life of the proletariat. According to Socialist Realism,
novels should depict Communist militants as decisive, courageous and self-sacrificing,
describe their supposedly exemplary struggles, and show how happy villagers
and workers are, thanks to the revolution.
Under Communism, art lost all esthetic meaning
and turned into a mechanical means of propaganda. These drawings
purport to depict the model person-a crude, strong, dull worker
or peasant who thinks of nothing beyond obeying the system.
Artists of Socialist Realism had no compunction about depicting the direct
opposite of the truth-that the revolution did not bring the people happiness,
but hunger, oppression and death. Actually, Socialist Realism is not realism,
but an expression of romantic fantasy. According to The Encyclopedia
Britannica, "Socialist Realism looks back to
Romanticism in that it encourages a certain heightening and idealizing
of heroes and events to mold the consciousness of the masses."
Socialist Realism, defined in 1932 during the bloodiest days of Stalin's
regime, remained the Soviet Union's official state art policy until the
1980s. Throughout this entire period, Communism's cheerless, cold and
stagnant atmosphere dominated Soviet art. In order to gain international
recognition, the Soviet regime encouraged artists and stressed the importance
of the production of new works of art. But because of Socialist Realism's
dogmatic approach, these works remained pressed in their narrow, cheerless
and ugly moulds. From 1949 onwards, Socialist Realism passed to China
where a Communist regime had taken power. The same dull, crude understanding
of art prevailed there too.
Soviet propaganda posters from the 1920's:
"The Ten Commandments of the Proletariat" and "The Lie of International
In the period before the revolution, however, Russian society had produced
some excellent works of art and magnificent architecture. The world-famous
Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg contained an outstanding collection
of art, albeit largely by European artists. But Communism froze Russian
art in 1917 and even reversed its development.
The cheerlessness of Communist art results from
the materialist philosophy that determines the Communist world
view. Materialist philosophy, superficial thinking that regards a human
being as only an assortment of matter, tries to reduce everything to the
material. Applying materialist philosophy to art has been a fiasco, as
in every other area where it's been applied.
Real art is a God-given esthetic pleasure through which humans can express
their love of beauty and other feelings and emotions. In order to produce
works of fine art, the human spirit must be able to express, in the freest
way possible, the innate tendencies created within it. The Communist dictatorship
founded in the Soviet Union-later copied by regimes in China, the Eastern
Bloc, Indochina and Cuba-completely removed this free and comfortable
environment. They killed art by subjecting their peoples to constant oppression.
By alienating them from religion, moreover, Communism delivered art yet
another blow. Foremost of those feelings that inspire art is the spiritual
pleasure and fervor derived from religion. All of history's greatest artists,
sculptors and architects created works based on religious themes and drew
strength and inspiration from their spiritual beliefs. They did not regard
a human as a species of animal that would perish with death, but as a
being that God endowed with spirit. They loved to extol humanity in their
works and show reflections of God's artistry in creation. In societies
with no religion, people inevitably lose this fervor and sense of pleasure
and become encompassed by a spiritual purposelessness. This has been experienced
in every Communist regime. As a result of irreligion
and the ideas that a human being is a species of animal, human life has
no value and an individual ceases to exist when his body dies, such societies
have become dominated by pessimism, melancholy, cheerlessness and meaninglessness.
Communist leaders are always depicted with
a cold, rigid and pitiless expression. These portraits of Lenin,
drawn by Soviet artists, express Communism's dark spirit.
An example of the "anti-estheticism" of Communist
art, a work created in the 1920's by Soviet artist Vladimir Tatlin.
Another example of Communist anti-estheticism:
the depiction of a proletariat by a Soviet artist of that era.
A propaganda poster for the Third Communist
International, organized by the Soviet Union. The cold world of
Communism is reflected on the face of the militant carrying the
Mao's Red China (which we'll examine later) displayed further striking
examples of Communist conservatism and narrow-mindedness. Everyone had
to wear the same kind of clothing and during the Cultural Revolution,
it was forbidden to keep domestic animals.
The Nonsense of "Communist Science"
Because Lysenko rejected the laws of genetics
for the the theory of evolution, Soviet agriculture remained backward
Science was another field that received a great blow from Communism.
Stalin's regime, along with inventing the concept of "proletarian
art," also proposed the idea of "proletarian science." According
to this theory, there is bourgeois science and there is proletarian science.
The differences between the two will lead to different results. We might
compare this to Nazi Germany's rejection of findings by Jewish scientists-Einstein,
Proletarian science is actually nothing more than
science corrupted according to the exigencies of materialist philosophy.
One obvious demonstration was the "Lysenko affair,"
which put its stamp on Stalin's Soviet regime.
Trofim Denisovich Lysenko was educated in various agriculture schools
in the Soviet Union. He came to Stalin's attention in the 1940s and assumed
the total domination of Soviet policy in agriculture and biology. Most
importantly, Lysenko rejected the laws of genetics discovered by the Austrian
priest-botanist Gregor Mendel at the end of the 19th century and demonstrated
by further experiments in the 20th. Lysenko dismissed Mendel's laws as
"bourgeois science" and instead supported the thesis of the 18th century
French evolutionist biologist Lamarck on the "inheritance of acquired
Lysenko's idea was based on no scientific proof. But because the Soviet
Union was experiencing a major agricultural crisis in the 1930s, Lysenko
began to attract attention. He promised that implementing his theory would
ensure a much larger and efficient grain production than other biologists
believed. He claimed, for example, that when grown under the proper conditions,
wheat would produce rye seeds-and he made preparations to achieve this.
(This is like saying that dogs living in the wild will eventually bear
litters of foxes-a claim that's totally contrary to science, of which
no instance has ever been observed.) In 1940, Stalin put Lysenko at the
head of the Institute of Genetics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR,
and he held this chair for twenty-five years. Lysenko also headed the
Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences, one of the Soviet Union's
most important institutions.
Lysenko (top right) explains to Soviet experts
the agricultural project based on "proletarian science."
In 1948, it was forbidden to be educated or do research in the area of
classical genetics. Those geneticists who rejected
Lysenko's evolutionist thesis, and continued to support Mendel's genetic
discovery, were secretly arrested and executed.
Meanwhile, Lysenko's agricultural policy created widespread lack of productivity.
For example, he claimed that putting seeds in cold water for a while before
being sown, would make them gain resistance to cold weather conditions.
To test this hypothesis, he had tons of seeds immersed in cold water and
then sown on the Siberian steppes. Of course, none of the seeds sprouted.
Similar experiments all ended in disaster, but these failures were never
spoken of until the 1960s. Finally, in 1964, it was officially acknowledged
that Lysenko's theory was wrong. Great efforts were expended to have Mendel's
genetic discoveries taught and applied again. Russia moved to the American
type of mixed hybridization management, using dung to fertilize the fields.
Even though their nonsensical thesis had dealt such a great blow to Soviet
science and agriculture, Lysenko and his supporters didn't abandon their
ideas. In fact, they maintained their positions and titles in the Soviet
Generally, modern evolutionists make no mention of the Lysenko affair,
a historical documentation of the great damage that
can be inflicted by a blind attachment to materialism and the theory of
evolution. When they do speak of Lysenko's ideas, they dismiss
them as a dogmatic form of Lamarckism. But he and his supporters were
not only Lamarckists, they were also Darwinists, regarding Lamarck and
Darwin as two complementary evolutionist theoreticians.
Here, Lysenko's nonsense theories are explained
in detail to Russian peasants who are forced to implement them.
The result was a huge fiasco.
When Lamarck's theory of "inheritance of acquired characteristics" was
abandoned as baseless, they realized that left Darwin's theory with no
foundation. Therefore, they blindly continued to support Lamarck.
In his article "Darwinian Evolution and Human History," the Marxist and
Darwinist thinker Robert M. Young comments:
Moving nearer to our own time, the belief that society
and nature followed laws which were both evolutionary and communist led
to one of the most disastrous episodes in the Stalinist regime in the
1930s and 1940s-Lysenkoism. Nature's laws were said to be dialectical,
and any biologist who adhered to non-orthodox views lost his job, often
his liberty, and sometimes his life. Lysenkoism
was an evolutionism which ignored or opposed the interesting developments
in genetics in the rest of the world. But this was done in the name of
The resistance to the laws of genetics that Soviet administrators of
Lysenko's time displayed is just one example of materialist fanaticism.
In the same way that Lysenko and his supporters refused to accept the
laws of genetics, many of today's materialists also close their eyes to
the "design" (that is, intentional creation) that science has discovered
in all living things just because of their own ideological prejudices.
To produce a viable opposing theory, they have squandered millions of
dollars and many years of labor on research that has come to nothing.
Communist Ideology's Effect on Social Life
Communism is a regime of fear. The people
are continually intimidated by stern-faced uniformed officials looking
down from above.
In the 20th century, Communist fanaticism has had very negative
influences on the social life in countries under their regimes, forcing
on people a hellish life devoid of compassion, denying the existence of
God, alienating them from religion and discounting all spiritual and moral
values. It has imprinted on societies a mentality that thinks of human
beings as chunks of matter that will perish after death, establishing
one of the most inhuman institutions in history. The Communist system-as
observed in the Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc countries and Red China-intends
to create model societies that regard their citizens as herds of animals,
just as the materialist-Darwinist theory intended.
Some of Communist society's basic tenets can be listed as follows:
* Darwin's theory of evolution and Engel's "natural dialectic" regard
human beings as an advanced species of animal. Therefore, the idea that
society is a herd of animals is expressed at every level. Communist regimes
produce a cheerless, spiritless, lifeless person, somewhere between a
human and a machine.
The special Djzhernsky Unit, used to suppress
public demonstrations in the Soviet Union.
* The Communist system places no value on individuals. Since there are
so many in the herd, the loss of one cannot matter. The disabled or those
who cannot work are expelled from the herd and left to die. Those in ill
health are regarded as detriments. Because there is no forgiveness, mercy,
or sense of loyalty, everyone fears old age and death. The aged receive
no attention, pity, or respect in the suggestion that they should be like
"elephants that go to the graveyard before they die."
* As with animals in a herd, society is composed of one kind of person
only. Clothing, cars and houses are all the same. The whole of society
is dominated by an intense monotony, with no sense of esthetics. Athletes,
artists, academics and workers all share the same of lifestyle. Houses
are constructed like shelters for livestock, and clothing is tailored
like a pelt to keep off the cold.
* The system is founded totally in the material concept of "labor and
production." What is most important is not an individual citizen's qualities,
but the contribution he can make to society. The ideal person is a hardworking
laborer or hardworking villager. The guiding idea is that "production
strengthens the herd." No attention is paid to humans' moral values, intentions,
or spiritual condition.
The eastern side of the Berlin wall before
it was torn down. With its barbed wire, mines and tanks, the wall
was a symbol of Communist despotism.
* Seeing life as a struggle of existence, this way of thinking has no
problem with doing away with the weak. On the contrary, this is regarded
as necessary. Just as there is a brutal struggle for survival among animals,
everyone considers himself first, and so there is no advancement. Because
human beings lack compassion, society cannot possibly attain peace and
well-being. Lack of compassion and mercy coupled with fear for the future,
cause hopelessness and pessimism to dominate.
* Due to "herd psychology," people from the lowest to the highest live
in a constant state of fear and quickly react fearfully to everything.
They fear the man at the door wearing an overcoat; they fear being called
before the authorities. But the source of their fear is not clear, and
no one can define it.
* In place of the fear of God, there are various "fear centers." In the
Soviet Union, for example, the KGB (and secret services like Checka and
NKVD before it) tried to instill mortal fear throughout society. Millions
can be sent to their deaths without trial or defense. The conviction that
these organizations hear and see everything dominates citizens' minds.
Such organizations develop a system of selective cleansing, based on the
law of the jungle.
* Because fear of God is systematically eradicated, individuals repress
their deepest urges insofar as they fear the system. If the system did
not detect or could not punish, they would commit thievery, corruption,
embezzlement and every kind of illegal act.
* Anxiety, fear and panic occasioned by the environment they live in
put people under stress. They cannot sleep at night and in the daytime,
everything makes them anxious. They quickly lose bodily strength. Intense
pressure and difficult living conditions exhaust men and women at an early
age and sometimes cause their premature death. Because of hopelessness,
they cannot enjoy the good things in life, but tranquilize themselves
with alcohol and live their hellish lives in a state of intoxication.
* Believing that they will perish after death, people hold on to life
tenaciously. In their struggles for life, they regard everyone else as
a rival, if not an enemy, and begrudge every act as a slight against themselves.
They experience socialism's basic tenets, such as "mutual aid" and "support,"
only in slogans. In fact, everyone regards others with a suspicion that
condemns them to a life of loneliness.
* Because the individual has no faith in God, he can't attach himself
to anyone in a meaningful, trusting relationship. The Darwinist-Communist
system always crushes individuals, who are hostile to one another, since
everyone may at any moment take away what they have. In a Communist state,
the only one an individual can trust is himself. But because he knows
he is weak, he doesn't trust even himself and is dominated by intense
hopelessness. Therefore, he is forever complaining about his life, but
cannot try to change it.
* Because people in a Communist society have closed minds, there are
defects in every aspect of their lives, whether at school, at home, or
in entertainment. They can act only in accord with what they've been taught,
and so cannot come up with any original ideas to deal with new issues
that confront them. If they do, in fact, they are answered with violence.
* Unthinking people have unorganized minds and can't use resources productively.
They waste resources on utopian fantasies, as in the case of Lysenko.
* Communism destroys families, the basic unit of society. There are no
marriages in the true sense of the word, only mating and propagation.
Marriage is not entered into for the sake of morality; its purpose is
the continuation of the species. Families do not look after their children;
the state or those appointed by it perform this function. A child is seen
as a new addition to the herd and is trained to fight for it and protect
it. Because the mother hates her home and environment, she passes her
harshness on to her offspring. Children growing up deprived of family
love become pessimistic and aggressive. In the place of love and respect
in the home, hostility reigns. The child has no one to trust.
* In a society with no concept of marriage, fidelity, or chastity but
only a mating mentality, prostitution becomes widespread.
* The police-state oppression controlling Communist society cannot take
the place of conscience and the fear of God. For this reason, the crime
rate soars; thievery is rampant everywhere. People steal from factories,
farms and cooperatives collectively as a matter of course.
* However much Communist ideology may claim otherwise, racism is widespread
in Communist society. In the Soviet Union, for example, there was antipathy
to anyone who was not Russians, especially Muslims. Quietly adopting the
racist Darwinist theory, Russians regarded various Muslim minorities and
other minorities as "ethnic groups that were not completely evolved" and
subjected them to mass slaughter, under the name of deportation. Communist
ideology thinks of murder as "natural dialectic"-a natural component of
* Communism sees human beings only as productive animals. It reserves
a special hatred and loathing for villagers. Marx called villagers inferior
"potato sacks." As we saw earlier, Lenin and Stalin murdered millions
by deliberately letting them starve. To them, villagers were only herds
of animals that produced grain and cotton. Confiscating what they produced
(collectivization), including the honey from their beehives, was seen
as legitimate and reasonable.
These generalizations are only a broad sketch of a society without religion.
In nations where disbelief prevails, no matter what they call themselves,
this way of life must unavoidably prevail. People are not respected as
worthy beings whom God created and endowed with spirit. With people regarding
one another as advanced animals that will perish with death, a society
cannot experience well-being, peace, security, cooperation or brotherhood.
No one considers anyone else's comfort, health, or well-being. Moreover,
in such societies removed from religion, it is impossible to find just
administrators and people who work on behalf of all. Everyone looks out
for his own interests and tries to profit as much as he can.
THE DARWINIST-COMMUNIST ESTABLISHMENT
CONTINUES TO SUPPRESS THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE
THEY FELL VICTIM TO THE KGB
Because a Darwinist-Communist State regards human beings
as animals, it neither respects nor trusts them. Accordingly, it
establishes an environment of fear, oppression, false danger and
terror in order to control them. It views everyone with suspicion,
regarding them as guilty and potential traitors. In such a state,
a person need not commit a crime, only to be suspected, in order
to be punished, brutalized, or killed.
The famous historian Tzvetan Todorov describes how
states with this philosophy behave towards their people:
The enemy is the great justification
for terror, and the totalitarian state needs enemies to survive.
If it lacks them, it invents them. Once they have been identified,
they are treated without mercy . . . Being an enemy is a hereditary
stain that cannot be removed. . . . Communism is no different. It
demands the repression (or in moments of crisis, the elimination)
of the bourgeoisie as a class. Belonging to the class is enough:there
is no need actually to have done anything at all.a
These words of Lenin are important for understanding
the attitude of a Communist State towards its people:
In reality, the state is nothing but
a machine for the suppression nof one class by another. Dictatorship
is rule based directly on force and unrestricted by any laws. The
revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat is rule won and maintained
through the use of violence by the proletariat against the bourgeoisie,
rule that is unrestricted by any laws.b
KGB TACTICS INHERITED FROM THE SOVIETS
As Lenin stated in his own words, the Darwinist-Communist
Soviet regime did not trust its own people and regarded them as
worthless animals-thus, it caused the death by torture or starvation
of tens of millions and plunged the nation into decades of terror
and darkness. Today's Russian people are still enduring anguish
for the same reasons, because there are still certain officials
within the Russian State mechanism who maintain a Communist mentality,
regarding a person as an animal or valueless object.
An event that took place in the year 2000 in Russia
is a proof of this and shows once more the dark side of the Darwinist-Communist
mentality inherited from the Soviet period. After a submarine sank,
for a long time Moscow did not try to rescue those on board. For
reasons of supposed "state security," not until much later was the
disaster announced to Western nations that could have given assistance.
Russia knowingly abandoned its sailors to death, and a Russian mother
reacting to this horror was given an injection and sedated by security
forces. This is a striking instance revealing that the Stalinist
mentality still holds sway over the Russian state authorities.
a- Tzvetan Todorov,
L'homme dépaysé, Paris, Le Seuil, 1995 p. 33 (emphasis added)
b- Lenin: "The Proletarian revolution & The Renegade
Kautsky"; Selected Works in 3 Vols, Moscow; 1964; Vol 3. p.75 (emphasis
In a society where the moral values of the Qur'an are observed, however,
everyone values one another as servants of God. No one desires any reward
from doing good. On the contrary, they perform good works continually
and, in their efforts, try to win God's approval. They hope for a good
life in the Hereafter, confident that "those who
enjoin charity, or what is right, or putting things right between people
. . . seeking the pleasure of God," will be given "an immense reward."
(Qur'an, 4:114) They do so, not with any expectation of gaining profit
from others; but look for their reward only from God.
In the Qur'an (76:8-10), God describes this exemplary moral state:
They give food, despite their love for it, to the poor and orphans and
captives: "We feed you only out of desire for the Face of God. We do not
want any repayment from you or any thanks. Truly We fear from our Lord
a glowering, calamitous Day."
Mental conservatism is the main impediment to a society's development
of arts and science. If a particular nation is continually conditioned
by narrow ways of thinking, its art and science will freeze. In order
for art and science to develop, people must be broadminded, looking at
the world with new horizons.
Some interpret the conservatism that impedes art and science wrongly
and try to attribute it to religion. But the true religion taught in the
Qur'an is totally against this conservatism, and affords the widest and
freest horizon of thought. It frees them from all anxiety, other than
the fear of God. Art, science, and thought develop to their greatest heights
where people think deeply as urged by the Qur'an, using their minds to
consider the universe, and what they encounter in nature. Moreover, religion
establishes an understanding of service to God, giving people great pleasure,
excitement and desire for producing art, advancing science, and generating
ideas. For this reason, the Islamic world's first centuries were truly
a great Golden Age.
But Communism, establishing a totally rigid political and social system,
destroyed people's faith in God, thereby destroying their pleasure in
living together with a reality that gave meaning to their lives. Marxism's
oppression and constraints rooted out art, science, and investigative
thought and hacked them to pieces.
In the far corners of Asia, there are examples of Communism that let
us to see this in a far more striking way.