Alina Vitukhnovskaya, writer
Any gesture out of despair is radical. In this sense, for a radical subject at a certain moment it becomes indifferent - to commit suicide or (for example) - to go for a walk. Life and death, self-destruction and self-maintenance are equally unbearable for a radical subject and are filled with the same unbearable existential content. In our time, being a radical subject is extremely vulgar.
To be a radical subject is to be a clown for yourself. As well as being a hero. Exactly the opposite was the case in the modern era, but even then the hero who challenged God became a manipulated mythological element that was then used to control the masses. Simply put, the boy's desire to become a hero is not his real desire, but a social imprint that goes back to mythology. The state needs fighting meat, and this meat requires sacralization.
The death of the marginal character Tesak (Martsinkevich), although monstrously cruel and unfair, can in no way change the objective view of this person. A pseudo-ideologized gopnik with national complexes, who has decided to become a “defender of the Russians”, attacking tajiks and allegedly pedophiles, cannot become someone else after death. But nevertheless, they are trying to make a cult out of him. Here is what Daniil Konstantinov, a politician and a permanent participant of the Forum of Free Russia, writes:
“I watch the nascent cult of the Tesak. Poems and songs are written about him, videos are dedicated to him, his "List of Books" is passed "from hand to hand" from one account to another, wanders through telegram channels.
Yes, perhaps this is how one should die. Young and unbroken (at least outwardly), leaving behind the riddles of his own death.
It looks like the Russian far-right got their hero. And it doesn't matter whether he was disappointed or not, whether he repented of his crimes or these crimes were not at all. Whether he became a libertarian or remained a Nazi. All this is secondary.
Death in the Chelyabinsk SIZO (pre-trial detention facilities) will write off everything. And past crimes and misdeeds, and mental throwing, and ideological searches with bizarre results.
Became a libertarian!? So what!? There are already enough libertarians - white libertarians among the young right-wing radicals)
Disappointed and repented. Unclear. Is it he or not. And in what circumstances did he become disappointed and repented !? After three months of torture, on the way to Moscow for the next trial, where life was shining...
Here's just one problem. Tesak has no successor who could pick up his banner from his hands to continue his work. And without successors, such sacred sacrifice does not work. Nevertheless, the cult of the Cleaver arises. "
The cult of the supervised hero is still such a special postmodern joke. If earlier the hero died in a fight with the "gods" (that is, with a force obviously superior) and thus ensured for himself some informational and mythological immortality, today the pseudo-hero kills himself (both literally and figuratively, playing other people's supervised games), ingloriously dissolving in the white noise of timelessness.
The sacralization of death is, in fact, traditional domestic necrophilia, rooted in Christianity and in the deep, but veiled, desperate understanding of every person here that there is no life as such in Russia. There is routine, hard work, poverty, lies, illusions, empty hopes. And the secret dream of many, not only potential heroes, but also of ordinary people, is death. But not everyone is capable of feat or even suicide. Therefore, the one who formally fits both of these criteria is subconsciously associated in people with the hero.
There are heroes. But nobody needs them. As the odious politician Korchinsky wrote in his time. And he was ontologically right.
Over the years of the hard treatment of millions of citizens by the Soviet ideology, practically the majority of the majority have firmly settled in the subcortex the image of the hero as an inevitable victim, suitable only for mentioning as a life example for homosexuals.
At first, people were processed by the propaganda machine, but then people themselves decided to protect themselves from responsibility for power and their own future. From here came the pseudo-pacifist, and in fact - the protective mantra about "kill the dragon". The paradox of the situation is that people prefer to be dead “heroes” than real winners. This deep depression, which struck the Russian spirit itself, is the main and ideal control system.
And some futuristic insights about what the hero of the future will be like. The hero of the future looks somewhat differently than the archetypal hero, differently from all heroes in general revealed to the world. What else is there! This is a completely different type. He may not have attributes, biography, he may be anonymous (just as there may be attributes, biography, name) - all this is not decisive.
He marks and realizes by himself (through himself) the end of the world to which we are accustomed.
And therefore, he cannot be revealed to the world in his heroic status, just as he cannot be accepted by the world until his goal (mission) is achieved.
But not a hero at all - there is a supreme role in this matrix game, but also not an invented "god" - there is a supreme role in it. And, perhaps, a kind of gray cardinal - and an ideological avenger and a little "Judas" ("Judas" of false meanings, where in the name of an idea, a solution to the issue, and he himself is ready for self-betrayal - no, no, not a hero, but a winner!
For the highest moves on this matrix board are not made according to the rules. The one who has to win wins - the subject not fixed in the mythological discourse. For everyone who is fixed is predictable, and whoever is predictable is certainly defeated. He lost, already merged with the role, like Sisyphus collecting stones. In this sense, we must understand heroism as a demiurgic trap for ambitious fools.