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Thank you, sir! I'm really glad to see your appreciation. This is actually my first post on this board, but I've been here on and off for half a year in read-only mode. And I have to say I love this board already. 2ch and 4chan are so full of retardation that this board is indeed a relief for me.
> Nice English you've got there.
Thank you! It is an honour to recieve such a compliment from a native speaker.
> May I ask, are you really all bastards?
Well, not literally all of us, but still quite many.
> No offence, but whenever there's a horrible selfish bastard on the Internet, they tend to be Russian.
First of all, no offence taken. Now, to the topic. Your observation is true to some extent, as our main imageboard 2ch is packed with aggressive, xenophibic, ill-mannered, retarded or simply delusional kind of folk. Nevertheless, I can say that 4chan is not dramatically different: there is comparatively less aggression there, but as to manners and retardation it is even worse than 2ch. My point is: not only Russians behave like "horrible selfish bastards" online, and we are probably not the biggest ethnic group of "bastards" of that sort, but our misbehaviour might just be most utter and obvious.
> Do you find your countrymen to be bastards?
This is a huge topic to dwell upon, so my short answer is: no, I don't, because the question is too general and I understand being a bastard in a different way. There are three aspects that describe my attitude to my countrymen, which are as follows:
1. Being a bastard does not directly correlate with one's ethnic background. Whether one becomes a bastard or not depends mostly on their education and the upbringing, i. e. the effort one's parents put into helping their child to become a decent and mentally healthy human being. Therefore, being a bastard has a lot to do with one's personality, so I do not consider all my countrymen to be bastards.
2. It seems to me that screwing around and causing trouble online is not the worst of my countrymen's sins. I use the term "sin" metaphorically, of course. The worst sins of theirs are indeed their lack of open-mindedness and being susceptible to living by stereotypes instead of logic and common sense, as well as reluctance to accept progressive ideas. Here I refer to them with the 3rd person pronoun, because I am proud to be devoid of those characteristics. Sadly, these characteristics are very often to be found in the minds of my countrymen, and the situation is getting worse year by year, mainly thanks to the industrious work of our mass media. The good thing is not every Russian is like that. There still are decent, rational, open-mided people, and I am happy to have a couple of friends among them.
3. As it derives from the previous point, my understanding of being a bastard is a reactionery and narrow-minded person who fiercely defends their point of view, however obsolete and/or irrational it may be. Sadly, a great many of my countrymen fit this description, and so I do consider them to be bastards. However, there are Russians that are devoid of those lacks; alas, they are not so numerous. I try to make friends with the latter and never refer to them as bastards.
> Is it a cultural thing?
To some extent it is true. Unlike Britons, we have never had a massive cult of human mind, historically prefering to live by some vague spiritual/moral values, which is a good way to make people share reactionery views. Our history helped that too. You may read the following articles, it should give you the overall impression:
Nevertheless, I do believe that cultural/historical influence can and should be outdone and overcome by upbringing and education. Ironically, I am the living proof that it's possible. I attribute my not-being a bastard to my parents' and my teachers' effort.
>Are 'black hat hacker', 'griefer' and 'racist troll' taught as career options in your schools or something?
First and foremost, I do appreciate that you are treating this matter in a humorous manner! Well, I cannot say anything about hacking as I have little information about how popular it is among Russians. IT is not by any chance my area of expertise, but I have heard about those massive scandals involving Russian hackers. As a person that has got no idea of the scale of the problem, I can say that those scandals do not inevitably mean that hacking is a common hobby in our country.
As to griefers, the problem is that in Russia a lot of people who play video games are ill-mannered minors. Once again, it is a problem of proper upbringing. Their groefers' parents are most probably bastards, and their children most naturally copy their behaviour.
And finally, racism is an issue in Russia, both online and offline, and it seems to me that it is just part and parcel of the reactionery mindset that our majority perpetuates.