Originally posted by Ashiitaka
Why is this in the debates forum?
All lives are of equal merit. There will be less outpouring of grief more because of lack of knowledge about this choir among the general populace than western celebrities, who seem to penetrate every facet or our lives these days, not because people valued their lives less. It's impossible to grieve for someone who yo ...[text shortened]... ber, clarinettist and lover of music, particularly classical, it saddens me to lose such talent.
The Alexandrov Ensemble has performed in many societies, including in the West.
It was not any more obscure to Westerners than, say, the Bolshoi Ballet.
I know that Alexandrov Ensemble had some Western admirers.
I would add that members of the Alexandrov Ensemble and China's PLA artistic troupes
have performed together. For instance, they sang a Russian folk song in both the
original Russian and translated Chinese lyrics, delighting the Russian audience.
Chinese television has shown Chinese singing a Russian song (well known to Chinese
audiences) with subtitles for both the original Russian and the translated Chinese lyrics.
Russians tend to be very admiring and appreciative of Chinese efforts to embrace and
adapt Russian culture.
While I have no reason to doubt that Ash was saddened by this accident, I suspect
that few Westerners would care. But Russians really don't expect Westerners to know
or care about their experiences, their sufferings, their history and culture.
"All lives are of equal merit."
In this forum dominated by ethnocentric Westerners, it's long been clear that most
Westerners regard the lives of other Westerners (meaning white people for all practical
purposes) as much more important than all other lives.
I would submit that hardly any Westerner here sincerely believes that the lives of
Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, for instance, are 'of equal merit'.
"...not because people valued their lives less."
Spoken like a privileged white person. In reality, the Western media has long placed
less importance upon the lives of eastern Europeans than western Europeans.
Of course, the Western media places still less importance upon the lives of many
non-white peoples than eastern Europeans.