Lev Rubinshtein: "In our day, this abysmal xenophobia most often takes the form of an unbridled, hysterical homophobia"

posted 5 Jun 2017, 02:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Jun 2017, 02:24 ]
Xenophobia, to which people who have professed different, ‘false’ religions, people of different skin colours, people of ‘other’ convictions and ‘other’ worldviews different from those widely accepted, have been subject in different eras, is the most notable and visible sign of a dark, aggressive archaism. In our day, this abysmal xenophobia most often takes the form of an unbridled, hysterical homophobia. Modern, civilized humanity, having survived an endless series of self-destructive prejudices and superstitions, bloody wars and crimes, has achieved an understanding of the world predicated upon the sovereign right of people to be different, not identical to one another. The modern world is based not only on mutual understanding, but also on a friendly curiosity towards the ‘other.’ Not hatred, not suspicion, but a drive to understand and willingness to protect that which is subject to persecution and aggression. To counter by all possible civilized means the abysmal archaism that exists only thanks to violence and surviving superstitions is not only the right, but the obligation of people of the modern world, that is to say our common obligation.” 

- Lev Rubinshtein, poet


Source:
'Stefania Kulaeva: "The Three S’s of Lev Rubinshtein and LGBT",' Radio Svoboda, 29 May 2017 [translation by Rights in Russia]
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