It is believed that people in the national republics are not ready for the idea of independence, which means it is not worth doing something now, we should wait until their level of consciousness becomes high enough, and then raise the issue of decolonization. Although it is clear that this is a way to nowhere – after all, without knowing what independence is, without having such experience, people cannot begin to want it? Of course, one should influence the situation. What should be taken into account when you get down to business, the success of which does not depend on you, and the vast majority of the population, by inertia, will resist changes? The Free Nations League tells us about this using a very simple and witty example.
There is an old wooden school in a village, it is dilapidated and will soon collapse. This school was built under a king, for the money of the zemstvo assembly. The village did not undertake the construction of a school. And now some of the peasants decide to solve the problem on their own – to build a new school. Most of the village inhabitants do not believe in this idea, calling it a utopia, and the initiators – dreamers. Like, they barely built a wooden one – and also for a subvention, and they would not manage to do it on their own. And now there are fewer children in the village than before, and the people have become lazy, and how can they organize such a process by themselves – skeptics put forward their strong arguments one after another.
What is the worst scenario for a small group of enthusiasts? To start arguing and convincing every villager, proving that they are right. Behind these endless disputes, construction can simply not begin, and the initiators will lose faith in their idea.
What is the rational approach? To find like-minded people and try to convince the residents whose participation is critical for the construction of the school: teachers, wealthy peasants, people with construction experience. A teacher is an authority in the school and for the families of students, he will voice the needs of the new school and support the idea of its construction. Wealthy peasants are those who can support financially. People with construction experience are those who can take part in the construction. But this is only a tiny fraction of the total population.
But what about everyone else? Is it necessary to spend strength and energy to persuade them (often they are 90-95% of the villagers)?
Yes, the support of any socially significant undertaking by the population is important. It is better to have support than not. However, a small part of society will plan, finance and build. No matter how principled in their beliefs 90% of the population would be, they join the winners. If a group of our independents (those who decided to build a school on their own) can realize the project, no one will listen to skeptics. Their arguments will simply be uninteresting to others. Moreover, the whole village, with the exception of 2-3 offended families, will send their children and grandchildren to a new school. After all, there is nowhere to go! Over time, it turns out that the construction of a new school was still supported at the design stage.