Alexander Samokhin: Vladimir Nikolayevich, may I ask you a question?
During the two days before the congress, we have been trained. It was held for our future deputies. We discussed a variety of topics, roundtables were held. And we realized that one of the main aspects of our activity is the conceptual apparatus. Most importantly, that inside the movement and in the Family Homesteads, we speak the same language, understandable each other. So I would like to ask the following question:
“What do you — the author of the books — think should be the correct term? This issue was born because someone is using definition “eco-settlement”, others calls such rural areas “family settlements”, and others say “settlements consisting of family homesteads”.
Thus, images from different definitions and their interpretations born differently. Today you voiced definition “family settlements”. Do you think these are the same image, settlements consisting of Family Homesteads, and family settlements, or are they different definitions?
Vladimir Nikolayevich Megre: Saying “family settlements”, I misspoke. It was correct to say “settlements consisting of Family Homesteads”.
As for this eternal dispute, about how to correctly call these settlements, based on the ideas of the books about Anastasia.
I will say the following: someone begins to call the settlements “eco-settlements”. Yes, it’s a simple name. And at first glance, what’s wrong with using this term?
It is possible to call our territories “eco-settlements” as if the essence will not change. But nevertheless, the essence is changing just like that.
From this essence changes the future. I don’t want to say that banal phrase “How you call a ship so it will float.”
That’s not the point. The issue is that someone is engaged in purposefully drawing us astray. I know who it is; I can name concrete names, surnames, and organizations that do this. It is very good that you raised this topic.
There is a world movement — eco-movement. In the United States of America, for example, there are eco-settlements. There are only a few, very few, and not everything in these eco-settlements is arranged like in Family Homesteads. And coming out of this movement, attempts were made to call our settlements consisting of Family Homesteads, “eco-settlements”.
For what, and why? Because allocate enough money for the development of the eco-system, eco-settlements and so on. Those people who receive this money would be interested to have all of a sudden — straight away! — four hundred additional settlements consisting of Family Homesteads which they could call their “eco-settlements”! Maybe they would even help — a special international fund — maybe they would even help with money.
And overall how many of these eco-settlements are there? They can be counted on the fingers of one hand! And what is their organizing principle? What kind of ideology? They say: “We will fight for better habitat.” That’s the only goal. It is not right. This is a completely different ideology. This movement is not accepted by the people, neither in our country, nor in other countries. If it were accepted, there were already millions of such settlements. But they can be counted on the fingers of one hand. So something is not right. Because the human heart does not respond to this idea. And it will not respond in the future. Therefore, the terms must be treated very, very carefully.
I talked with these people when I spoke at the United Nations. They are good guys, but they don’t understand anything fully, and they continue their attempts. So there are people there who do not share our opinions. Let them look into themselves.
What’s really not great is when we have a newspaper that declares itself ostensibly to help Family Homesteads. Then suddenly it prints an article saying that everyone needs to be renamed from “Family Homesteads” to “eco-settlements”. “Family Homesteads” should become “eco-settlements”. And this is not the only assault on this topic made by the newspaper, which is supposedly, ostensibly, ours. They write everything well, well — nicely about the Family Homesteads. Then, all of a sudden… And look at this material, no one even submitted it. It was written by a man who is now dead, and was just being manipulated. For some reason, they pull this material out and print it. I think we need to understand this situation and treat it accordingly.
Remark from the audience: Is it the newspaper “Lyubimaya Rodina”?
Megre V.N.: No it’s not. What is it called?
Reply from the audience: “Rodovaya Zemlya”.
Megre V.N.: Yes, “Rodovaya Zemlya”.
Remark from the audience: May I ask you a question? Do not you think that “slyness lies in the nuances”? Do you not think that this confusion was specifically created to hinder the process of creating Family Homesteads? That is to say, there is a substitution of definitions, some new nuances are introduced, and then people look at eco-settlement. They have something that does not work. Let’s say another energy goes into it, some other conceptual things, and so on. People look: eco-settlement — this is some kind of nonsense. So with Family Homesteads there must also be something wrong. It seems to me that this is a counter-offensive from the other side, using a substitution of concepts.
Megre V.N.: That’s absolutely right. You just said everything. This is a segue, certainly. Therefore, indeed, we need to relate to the definitions more accurately.