A son of his time and of his nation Lenin was a typical Russian- stubborn, tough, suspicious down to paranoia sometimes, confrontational and a fanatic of his idea. He despised deals and compromises, considered capitalism an evil force only and was also a dreamer- he really believed that people could change as soon as the environment around them encourages that. He really could not understand that the felonious behavior, for instance, would not go away with the exploitative world but will adapt, change and emerge back in the form of much more dangerous state terror of the felons in power like Stalin and his cronies. Like a bacteria it mutates and develops new more resistive types that not only survive but prosper. He never understood that. He was a Russian idealist.
I guess in his last years he started to see that darkness creeping around and it is reflected in his late writings as well as on his photos of that time -- the photos of the deeply concerned man. But in the traditions of all Russian idealists before him he preferred denial; who can throw the stone at him, really? He burned in his life like a bright torch and he wanted to die in fire, not to rot in discontent. The fire of the Great Revolution engulfed him and if there is a Valhalla- he is there, the last Russian Viking, the small, baldish man with a goatee. No matter how we judge him- who of us in all honesty would not want to have such an exciting life? That's the most powerful judgment of history- the fairest of all- the evaluation of the honest effort. Lenin was an honest man and he died trying. End of the story.
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