‘We are living in an era of great change’ Putin Address


Vladimir Putin is certain that over the past decades the world was living through an era of changes. “Indeed, ours is an era of grandiose changes,” Putin said at the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club on Thursday.

He remarked that this phrase, “an era of change”, might seem a hackneyed cliche, for it had been used too often. “Besides, the era of change began a long time ago, and the situation of change has become customary,” Putin said.

“Over the past few decades many have developed a habit of recalling a Chinese proverbial phrase about ‘living in interesting times’. The Chinese people have had many thinkers and many valuable thoughts that we can use today. One of them can be rendered as a wish to everybody to escape the plight of living in an era of change. But we have to live through this era despite our own will. The changes get ever deeper and ever more fundamental,” Putin said.

The Russian leader stressed the theme of the club’s session this year: Global Shake-Up in the 21st Century: The Individual, Values, and the State. In his opinion, the topic was formulated very “straightforwardly and even sternly.”

The Russian leader invited everybody to recall some other wise Chinese sayings as well. “The word ‘crisis’ consists of two hieroglyphs: danger and opportunity. In Russia, many say that it takes brains to struggle with challenges and experience to cope with dangers,” he said. “Of course, we must stay aware of the dangers and be prepared to resist the diverse threats that emerge during the era of change.”

At the same time, he believes that it is no less important to keep in mind “the second component of the notion crisis – the opportunities not to be missed.” “The more so, since the crisis that we have to deal with is a conceptual and even civilizational. As a matter of fact, it is a crisis of approaches and principles that determine the very existence of human beings on Earth,” Putin said.

“We will have to delve into them again. The question is where we should move, what is to be abandoned and what is to be revised and corrected,” he explained. “I am certain that genuine values are worth struggling for. They should be protected at any cost”. #thekremlinstories #vladimirputin #worldchanges #valdai

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  1. The “Chinese phrase” about “living in interesting times” being used as a malediction is a myth invented by someone in Europe almost one hundred years ago. I first heard that this joke had been launched by the German playwright Bertold Brecht. During my eight years in China and Japan and 48 yers of studying, teaching and interpreting Chinese language I have never read or heard of it in use.
    On the contrary, cultivated Chinese persos often say “oh, how interesting” (a, hen you yisi, ya…)sarcastically when they get thoroughly bored with someone talking lang and lasting bullshit or speak incessantly like a ninnihammer,

  2. Putin knows exactly what’s going on. The good and evil part. The baby eating part. The vast, civilizational manipulation of humanity by satanic cults over centuries. Yet he never says anything about it. And a real Christian would not create a military industrial death cult complex to rival an enemies’ stupidity; he would tell the people what’s really going on and God would save them. Not just save them but bring them back to paradise. Good and evil never stop. Who knows what mohrohn will have his finger on the Russian hypersonic nukes in 20 or 30 years.

    • If nothing else, he is sounding like a thoughtful leader. The repetitious self-centered babbling by recent US presidents reflects the vacuum of thought throughout our population. People say Obama was a great orator. But he was just a few hallucinations away from MAGA. Russian thought has always run deep even if national behavior has been flawed. Vlad is a bit of an enigma. Biden is not.

  3. Well, at least at Valdai they don’t finger point at guilty, targets, enemies and existential threats, as they do so daily at almost every outspoken think tank in the US/UK, where rabid statesmen Christian Zionists make their pilgrimages. Instead at Valdai there are numerous proposals handed out on partnership and cooperation. I guess one think tank can be a beacon while others are choking in a swamp of uniformity.

    • Quoting:”statesmen Christian Zionists”
      Please STOP insulting Christian people…
      Be human…

    • Be good is more to the point. To sin is to be human. But to repent, cast away evil and selfishness and do good…. ah… that is to earn God’s EVERLASTING LOVE!