Moscow, October 31, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, reasoning on the French revolution motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" (Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite in French), which later became rooted in the psyche of the Russian intelligentsia, suggested that liberty and equality are mutually exclusive.
"If there's liberty, then there can be no equality. Because liberty is just a meadow upon which flowers and grass grow, with each plant rising to the best of its ability. There is no equality: one is stronger, the other is weaker, and there is no sign of the third at all. But equality, it is a mown lawn, everyone is equal but there is no freedom," Patriarch Kirill said during his Pastor's Word television program.
"If our unfortunate intellectuals had thought of it earlier, if this kind of comparison had occurred to them, if this kind of comparison could have been disseminated across the collective psyche, then maybe one would have paid closer attention to this tempting motto - equality, fraternity, liberty - because the revolution was carried out primarily for the sake of liberty," Patriarch Kirill said.
Initially these mottoes appeared among French revolutionaries before entering our cultural discourse and taking root in the psyche of Russian intelligentsia, the Russian church leader said.