Ukrainian Made Simple

More and more people in the West are beginning to scratch their heads wondering why they should be suffering with sky-high inflation, unaffordable utility bills, unruly mobs of freeloading Ukrainian migrants. The more probing minds are puzzled over the amazing speed at which the Ukrainian government swallows up vast sums of money being sent to it with nothing to show for it even as public services in the West are failing due to a lack of funds, or why all of NATO is quickly being stripped of numerous kinds of weapons systems, which are being shipped off in the Ukrainian direction and are then either destroyed, sold to third parties around the world, or are taken as trophies by the Russians, while inflation is making their replacements unaffordable.

Some people are starting to think that this is all a ploy to enrich the Biden clan and stuff its political campaign coffers in order to forestall a disastrous political defeat by vote-buying and fraud at the polls while keeping Biden’s son Hunter supplied with drugs and underage Ukrainian prostitutes, but they are, obviously conspiracy theorists. Rest assured, everything that the collective West is dong with regard to the Ukraine, so unfairly invaded by Russia after its leader merely threatened Russia with a nuclear strike at an international security conference, is squeaky-clean and above board.

In order to properly understand the Ukraine, as a state of mind and also as a failed state, which is what it truly is at this point, it is essential to grasp one key fact: that the entire construct is an exercise in tragic irony. This is best explained by reference to certain terms that only exist within the Ukrainian language. The rest of the Ukrainian language can be safely ignored: it is only used for virtue-signaling by Russian speakers of the Ukrainian persuasion (a transient effect), nothing of importance is written or published in it, and it is essentially part of a continuum of Southern Russian dialects that stretches from Tambov and Voronezh to Lvov. Of these, it is the only one to have been formalized as a separate language, with poor results: it is weak as a medium of thought and when it is time to stop virtue-signaling and start problem-solving, Ukrainians inevitably lapse into Russian. This, no doubt adds to the sense of tragic irony that is at the core of Ukrainian identity.

And yet in order to answer certain important questions, such as “Where’s our money?” and “What happened to all those weapons?” and “Why do you keep lying to us?” we must first grasp the meaning of certain words that only exist in Ukrainian. There are just seven of them, and they form the walls, the floor and the ceiling of the psychic dungeon in which languishes modern Ukrainian thought.


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