Enjoy the video above. You can skip to the 14 minute mark for the Q & A segment for Putin.
The idea of mirages always was a fascinating idea, as depicted in the old Hollywood Westerns. They usually involved water and an empty canteen. But they are atmospheric attenuations.
Webster defines it as ‘an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert or over a hot pavement, that may have the appearance of a pool of water or a mirror in which distant objects are seen inverted, and that is caused by the bending or reflection of rays of light by a layer of heated air of varying density.’
But of course, Putin is likely referring to the mirage being something unattainable.
There are thousands of ways to pursue ‘the mirage of happiness’, but if one sits down quietly it may alight upon you like a mariposa.
[ Update: A reader comments as follows and sheds more light on the translation from Russian. “…there are phrases and sayings that just don’t translate… Anyways Putin is trying to say there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Pot of gold translates to happiness, end of the rainbow is the mirage on horizon…”
Thank you our readers.
It might have been lost in translation but the viewer of the video is left with the distinct impression that the leader is shrugging it off as a silly question. A shrug is worth a thousand words. This might be due in part to the West’s legacy of shedding international agreements whenever it suits certain “interests”.
Erica P. Wissinger ]