Thank you all very much for the replies.
Gulo, I especially appreciate your comment and real world experience.
I find the country of Russia and its people both fascinating and intriguing. Just the landscape alone is mesmerizing and hard for me to wrap my mind around. Several years ago, there was a documentary called "Wild Russia" It was really mind blowing on just how big this place is. Just look at that giant fire that broke out a couple of months ago in Siberia! A fire of that size would completely destroy several states over here and more than likely crash us; yet Russia just keeps on ticking along and the people just keep on going.
My little girl loves the cartoon Masha and the Bear. I enjoy watching it too; as it is refreshing to watch a cartoon of that nature. Unfortunately, modern US cartoons don't have the morality and simpleness that Masha and the Bear have. What we give our young children to watch and see on TV and the internet is telling upon our current state of affairs. Sadly, I think Russia is beating us here by a lot.
Everyone keeps bringing up how terrible alcoholism is in Russia as a negative of the country. Well, look around. Who here has never been affected by a family member of alcoholism?
All I know is that when I turn on the TV, it is not Russian dignitaries, media, and celebrities promoting a lifestyle to me. But rather, the US entertainment, media ,and US big tech promoting filth, hatred, indecency, immorality, lies, corruption, etc. This perversion is not only spread across our televisions and news media, but also glorified and celebrated as a since of "pride".
My intention of the opening post was not to convince myself which country was better, but rather to think about what we have become. What have we lost in our regards to our Nation's direction and moral compass?
Our little ones are our future; and that is all that really matters.