By Stephen L. Lapeyrouse
In his publication “Towards the non secular Convergence of the USA and Russia” an autonomous American student, thinker and journalist Stephen Lapeyrouse explores non secular connections among nations at the instance of such kindred philosophical activities as American Transcendentalism (R. W. Emerson, H. D. Thoreau ) and Russian Slavophilism (I. Kireyevsky, A. Khomyakov).
“If my efforts during this paintings are enough to the duty, I desire to make tremendous highbrow contributions in the direction of a transparent description of ways crucial and profound a non secular, philosophical and mental relation exists, among attribute optimum (“vertical”) conceptions and aspirations – and projects – of Mankind in the USA and Russia. The wish is that such realizing may give a contribution, basically, in the direction of a clearer, inventive, and mutually-beneficial religious orientation – in considerate and heartful contributors of either nationalities – which would result in a extra unsleeping religious assembly of “Russian” and “American”; and thereby, probably, advertise an alchemical mixing of the yankee brain and Russian Soul, American Individuality and Russian group. any such higher readability in the direction of a better non secular cognizance, and extra whole wholeness, in a few women and men of every kingdom, and thereby, probably, in parts of Mankind as a whole.” – the Author
В своей книге «К духовному единению Америки и России» независимый американский ученый, философ и журналист Стивен Лаперуз пытается проследить духовные связи между двумя странами на примере таких близких по духу философских течений, как американский трансцендентализм (Р. Эмерсон, Г. Торо) и русское славянофильство (И. Киреевский, А. Хомяков).
«Если мои усилия соответствовали поставленной задаче, я надеюсь, что эта книга поможет осмыслить всю важность и глубину религиозных, философских и психологических связей между народами России и Америки на высшем, «горнем» уровне идей и духовных устремлений. Надеюсь также, что это осмысление поможет думающим и искренним людям в обеих странах обрести ясные, творческие и полезные духовные ориентиры, тем самым содействовать лучшему взаимопониманию и духовному общению русских и американцев, и по возможности способствовать «алхимическому» слиянию Американского Рассудка и Русской Души, Американской Индивидуальности и Русской Общины. Все это послужит прояснению духовного самосознания и укреплению духовной цельности сыновей и дочерей обеих стран, а значит и всего человечества». – Автор
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Rather, I hope to make some real, living contribution towards clarification and understanding — in the minds of those who know or sense, but perhaps do not fully recognize — certain of the real characteristic and spiritual differences between “American” and “Russian”. I will examine, in this essay, only certain aspects of all that which might be considered of this contrast Yet in regard to the questions, of the relation and contrast of the spiritual and psychological aspects of the “national characteristics” of both peoples, the material and ideas herein presented are certainly fundamental, and essential, for any educated grasp and understanding of this relationship.
Outer greatness and inner greatness. These are very far from necessarily being the same realization. As the much-castigated quote, above, from Solzhenitsyn’s speech at Harvard in 1978, indicates, some of the more deep and forceful Russians are well aware of this distinction. Even James Truslow Adams, in the Epilogue to his The Epic of America — published when Stalin had only been in full power for two years, and addressing America, from his perspective in America — presents an understanding which is complementary to Solzhenitsyn’s: [People]…are beginning to realize that, because a man is born with a particular knack for gathering in vast aggregates of money and power for himself, he may not cm that account be the wisest leader to follow nor the best fitted to propound a sane philosophy to life.
The material aspect of the American Dream is well known, but not so…the spiritual call in the American Dream. " As he saw it, that which America “held of hope and promise for mankind”, depends on multitudinous individuals, who are willing to travel the “long and arduous road”, to ‘develop some greatness in their own individual souls’. This is, essentially, a call and a challenge; towards an independent spiritual life. And it is another, deeper call to “We the People”! West Needs East? Outer greatness and inner greatness.