Think about this: There are a lot of elements that make up our “world”: Our friends and family; our home; our work; our plans; our possessions ; and more largely, how our society works, our place in society, our duties and responsibilities in society; and even larger still, our culture, our history, our religion, our government and our participation in it, and our language — or more accurately, our vocabulary within our language.
I’m reading a book right now called The Four Winds of Heaven, by Monique Raphel High. I’m reading it more and more slowly because I’m almost at the end and I don’t want it to end. It’s that good (i.e., informative).
The setting is Russia, approximately 1900 – 1920. The story is told from the point of view of several families of Russia’s lower nobility. These are the working nobility, they work hard and long hours for their money and investments, much like the middle class of 20th century America — only with titles and with a sense of their own identity and self-worth.
And then the winds of revolution sweep across Russia. Very few in Russia want the revolution. They wanted reforms, yes, and their Tsar was working on developing a stronger parliamentary system, as his cousins in Europe had developed.
But revolution came, and with murderous efficiency the Extreme Left established itself as the governing force of Russia — whose name the revolutionaries changed to reflect their dominance.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that as the Extreme Left, the socialists, murdered and intimidated their way into dominance, nearly everyone else was at first unaware of their aims, their threat, and then unaware of how to oppose them effectively. Nearly every citizen of Russia was the victim of the socialist takeover. Their world ended, and everything they had in their world was gone.
The Russians loved Mother Russia. And the only world they knew had ended.