We now have steel wings instead of hands and a fiery motor instead of heart
From the Russian anthem of aviators, 1930s
It took us a hard lesson to understand that
heart was more important than the fiery motor..
From the Russian article in 1980s
Life sometimes imitates art. But even more it imitates another life, something other people did before. In the US we currently are experiencing the revival of the Stalinesque- oriented approach to technology. Many years ago, in the formerly agrarian country the people started to build a new order and a new state with the first goal of industrialization. It was very difficult to do and in order to support themselves they had created a culture of nearly mythological enthusiasm when their new achievements, those machines, those great planes, locomotives, cars and tanks were described as the ones alive while people, on the other hand were described as ones possessing the features of mechanical nature. They invented such descriptions as "iron horse' for the tractor and "birds of freedom' for airplanes, also "man of steel' for their leader and "the everlasting nails' for the members of the leading party. They were naïve and easygoing and hopeful and it took them a lot of time to understand that such exercises dehumanized them and made them tools of the very deep- rooted malice. But eventually they figured it out. We here are only starting. Of course, we will have our own twist; we are the land of opportunity after all. Here are some.