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Russians: not as cold, unfeeling as the Bond villains they portray

Author: Reilly Capps/Saturday, May 18, 2013/Categories: video

This video is viral-ing. The vodka-soaked, bride-selling, frozen-solid, track-suit-wearing Russians are not as cold and unfeeling as the Bond villains they portray. 

Every morning, they arrive at their cars, pull out their ice scrapers, and chip away one square of their hearts -- just big enough to see out of. 

I find this video totally sad and totally uplifting at the exact same time.

Uplifting because there is good in the world, even Siberia. 

Sad because we live in a world where these acts seem rare. 

Russians install these dash cams because there is so much random traffic violence there that they like to have a record of their inhumanity. After being cut off or flipped off, they will leave their cars and tire iron each other into comas. (Comas being preferable to actually living in Russia.) Authorities can then watch the altercation and enact justice; I'll bet they also keep a copy for themselves, just for kicks. 

Trust is low in this world. We barricade ourselves in our cars, apartments and bunkers. We're all watching each other through screens; not because we're interested, but because we want to catch each other screwing up. 

But all this surveillance has an occasional upside. The meteor footage, sure. Justice, yes. And these little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love -- the best portion of a man’s life -- aren’t going unremembered. Great photography and video can show us what the world looks like. Even crappy footage like this sheds light. Sometimes, the world it shows us is prettier than we might expect. 

-- Reilly Capps

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