22 May 2006, 15:00
Results of Eurovision contest shows duality in European consciousness - Russian Church
Moscow, May 22, Interfax – The 2006 Eurovision contest prize going to musicians who posed on the stage as Satanists points to ‘profound contradictions’ apparent in the consciousness of the modern European man, maintains Rev. Mikhail Prokopenko, head of the communication service of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations.
Last Saturday, this prestigious European contest was won by the Finnish Lordi group with the song Hard-Rock Halleluiah.
‘Their deliberately eclectic style when their words speak of one thing while their appearance and paraphernalia of another suggests a morbid split in the worldview and preferences of the present-day European public’, Father Mikhail said on Monday in a talk with an Interfax correspondent.
According to the priest, the viewers seem ‘to be torn apart by profound contradictions’: they remember their Christian roots, on one hand, but ‘the fruits of long-standing efforts of aggressive secularism and sometimes even theomachism have unfortunately served their purpose, on the other’.
‘This glaring ambiguity shows that the modern European man is at a cross-roads, in a continued process of self-determination’, the agency’s interlocutor believes.
Noting that this split mentality is manifested not only in musical culture but also ‘in literature, representational arts and even fashion’, he stated that people have to ‘calm down and think seriously over things that oppress and disturb their souls, to stop the surrounding endless flow of impressions hurled into their consciousness by advertising, mass media and pop-culture’.
‘And the only way to overcome this morbid duality is to turn to the faith of the forefathers, which has been through centuries a source of peace and inner power that enables people to make a correct choice in the most complicated situation’, Father Mikhail concluded.