Ukraine Academy of Science, Memory Institute, “Expeditionary corps”.
To begin with, I would like to thank the organisers and patrons of the conference for the opportunity to take part at such a wonderful and responsible international conference.
Before focusing on the question of Stages of personal development in the city I would like to start with the methodology of urban research developed and presented by Oleg Maltsev, PhD. The fact is that a scientist cannot speak biased – he has to use any valid tools to study the phenomenon.
Initially, it is necessary to clarify that the ‘City Research Methodology’ is a rather complex system. Imagining a city as an object of multi-component scientific system of sciences, we note that any city shares an anthropological component, a psychophysiological component, a psychological component and a mental component, studies of which require a bunch of disciplines such as sociology, statistics and others.
Most significant of all is the symbolic component, which includes a huge number of sections, commencing with architectural monuments, cult institutions, etc. If we approach one of the levels to study the methodology of the city, we will only receive information about the city at that level. But this will not at all be the answer to the questions we have previously asked. This is because we will only see part of the information about the city, not all of it. When it comes to the city as a learning audience, it is important to understand that it is all levels of the city methodology that raise a person as a person in this city. This is where the complexity of the approach to urban research lies, so you either have to find out some correlation between these levels, or you have to examine each level step by step and then combine this information with each other.
Analysing the city environment through methodology that has proven to be reliable in more than 20 expeditionary raids and trips, I would say that
For a long time, working in different cities and places around the world in order to obtain different information has led Dr Maltsev and his colleagues to a very clear methodology for studying the city.
How to make our lives safer? Thus, people who try to erase history are people who erase themselves from history.
We realized long ago that it is the symbolic level of the city that builds all other levels down.
Those who do not learn history lessons stay overboard, lonely floundering and trying to fight the current, which is usually useless.
The emblematic level of the city is both visible and invisible. What is an invisible symbol?
Supposing there was a person living in this city, there is practically no information about him, and in the city itself there is not a single architectural structure or monument that shows us the significance of this person for this city.
However, this person has made a major contribution to the history of this city. For a tourist or ordinary visitor, this invisible historical figure may remain unknown, but for any local resident, this person may be a legend and a symbol; it’s just that not all the famous people in the cities have become internationally known symbols. So this system of visible and invisible symbols of this city builds a mental component, for which an entire group of scientists is responsible. In turn, this mental component will build the psychological component of this city. The psycho-physiological component and the anthropological component will be built even lower. This is what I am describing – a scheme in principle (visual for an overview) of the city’s research methodology.
Now let’s talk about the levels of personal development in the city or the factors that influence the acquisition of a certain status in that city. As I have said in terms of urban research methodology that this research concept is built from top to bottom, from symbolism to anthropological level, I would like to point out that personal development levels are built from bottom to top, like a growing tree, and that environmental factors influence personal status in this city on how people are perceived at family, district, city and beyond, up to an international level.
Please visualise two parallel hierarchies: Scale 1 “Methodology of Urban Research” strictly corresponds to Scale 2 “Status and Awareness of a Person in a City”. Every single person who was born in this city or lives in it strives to become a symbol of this city. The first level of Scale 2 is the residents of this city. We might define this subject for ourselves as the level of personal development at which a person comes to consciousness. He or she regains consciousness and understands that he or she belongs to a certain environment in which there are rules, laws and requirements. For example, you have to go to school or university. Differentiation divides residents into those who live permanently in the city and those who do not come for long (tourists, guests), i.e. you either belong to this city or you do not. And the residents of one city are very different from the residents of another city.
When we pass to the second level of status differentiation, there is what a man is doing, who he is. We are talking about the levels of a person’s professional identity – this is the second level of personal development defined by the city. In other words, a person’s belonging to the profession of this city. For instance, if you consider Heidelberg, this city is not an ordinary one – a huge number of scholars have graduated there in 600 years. As a university city, Heidelberg is a forge of European professionals. It is a world-class city where scientists, among other things, are trained. It is also a symbol of the scientific triumph of Germany and Europe.
Level 3 determines which society a person in a city belongs to, and this means the extent of his or her influence and power.
It is a matter of membership of different organisations, power structures and the level of public awareness of an individual, which has a direct impact on his or her participation in the city’s affairs – not just in affairs limited by his or her own system of co-ordinates.
Level 4 shows the way you are accepted in other countries, in other cities when you name the city from which you come. For example, when a person comes to London or Paris and says he or she is from Cape Town, they are likely to be wary. It is no secret that it is in Cape Town – one of the most criminal cities in the world – that the scariest digital gangs are operating. And by talking to such a person, you can definitely conclude that such a man’s childhood was not an easy one and most likely he knows how to stand up for himself.
Personal development level 5 shows whether a person is a symbol of his or her city. Some people may not know anything about their own city, but all they associate this city with a certain person born and lived here. For instance, the Venetians are proud of their great hero, Narni Erazmo. Even nowadays, they still erect monuments to him and call him the great commander, the master of Padua. There is a certain nickname, if I may say so – “honey cat”. With the example of Narni Erasmo, I was trying to show what a person who has reached the fifth level of personal development would look like.
When we conduct a city survey, we use scale 1, ‘Methodology of city survey’, moving downwards from the symbolic to the anthropological level. Scale 2, Status and Awareness in the City, shows the obstacles, i.e. the skill levels that a person needs to pass in order to become a symbol of the city. Every city has its own scale of obstacles that a person can overcome in order to become a symbol of this city. It does not matter at all whether a person wants to overcome these obstacles or not, the city is presenting these obstacles to them. And the way a resident copes with them ultimately determines his or her status in this city.
Consequently, as a conclusion, I would like to emphasize that as a result of the application of the urban research methodology developed by academician Oleg Maltsev and the field trials over 7 years of continuous expeditionary research, we can summarise the following: there are 5 milestones on the vital path of personality formation. Or five stages – the first begins with awareness – namely, belonging to a certain environment – to a particular city, which is expressed in the phrase “I am Odessa”. The second level of personal development in a city is professional, it is determined by a person’s business or craft. The third level of personal development determines which society this person belongs to in the city, and this implies the degree of his or her influence and power. The forth level of personal development speaks about how a person is perceived in other countries. And the fifth level, I would compare it with a certain indicator of triumph. The fifth level of personal development is a person who has grown to the level of a symbol. This name is known all over the world and is not without reason – it is an example and a benchmark for future generations.
Architecture of the city as a textbook of personal development and alternative theories
Symbolism in cities and architecture in general as a memory of our great predecessors who were able to build majestic cathedrals, temples and palaces – and such things that no one can replicate in the 21st century today – is probably a topic that can be discussed for a very long time without interruption. My mentor, Doctor of Philosophy Oleg Maltsev, who is also the founder of the Institute of Memory, dedicated more than 30 years of his life to studying not just cultural heritage, but to penetrating the mystery of symbolism embodied in architecture.
So, I would like to start my report with a simple observation. Symbols are not just any figures or ornaments, they are a whole language that carries a tremendous and invaluable knowledge. Whoever knows this language and knows how to read it can clearly understand what the ancestors wanted to convey us.
At present, as we see various types of architecture of cities, however mostly we view the purely psychological component of architecture, and it is symbolless (has no symbols). And if there are any symbols of cities, then they are perceived by the majority only on psychological but not symbolic level. The senselessness of today’s present-day cities suggests that modern science has recently lost this knowledge. But even relatively recently, between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, the architecture of cities was completely different. It is the symbolism of cities that makes a city a learning audience.
Earlier in the report I mentioned a scale of methodology for studying the city, according to which everything starts with the symbolic component of the city and then descends to the anthropological component. This scale demonstrates to us clearly that if a person understands the symbolic component of the city, it is not difficult to study all other levels down. The treasure of symbolism is Western Europe: Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, etc.
The reason we are talking about symbolism in the city is, in fact, the necessity to pass on knowledge and data over time to other generation – but not everyone, only to people who understand what is written and encrypted by this special, secret, symbolic language that is not available to common people. If one starts studying Western Europe, he realizes the rest of the world is simply copying this symbolism to all sides of the world. And this is quite explainable, since the Great Spanish Empire once passed this symbolism on to different parts of the world – to America, Africa, etc. One may observe this from archive materials, the way the Spanish Empire historically moved and what was under its control. The best chance to learn this language is to go to Western Europe, where the greatest concentration of symbols have been accumulated.
As a part of my report, allow me to present a special book – that may be informative both to the expert staff, and those who are interested in practical side of history – so^ I mean the book entitled “Truth. A game that rules the world. This scientific work was written in 2015 and it is a result of a scientific expedition led by Oleg Maltsev’s PhD to Munich. It is precisely this book that reflects the logic and approach to the study of the heritage of European mysticism, namely the work of the phenomenon method and analysis of architectural structures and temples in Munich.
Symbolic and sign languages are known to have long been used by mankind alongside alphabetic knowledge transfer systems. However, the book “TRUTH” shows the reader categorically that in some cases even training is not required to understand the primary level of the meaning of artifacts depicted in the language of architecture. In more detail on how to learn to perceive the cipher of the architectural heritage of European mysticism, the reader can learn from the illustrated book “Knowledgeable People”. The book “Knowledgeable People” presents the practice of applying the logic of the “key approach”, based on the ancient science and heritage of European mysticism, such as DRAFA.
However, Drafa was first shown as a subject of study in the book The Truth, the first book in a series dedicated to uncovering the mystery of practical knowledge on European mysticism.
Upon initial introduction to the book, the reader will find that the structure of the book and the form in which the results of the expedition study are presented are somewhat unusual. The book consists of 80% photographs and illustrations of objects, architectural monuments, reproductions of paintings and mosaics, and only 20% of narrative part. At the beginning, instead of the usual content, there is a historical reference pointing to written sources in which there is a direct reference to the science of European mysticism and the way it is used in practice.
Here is an example of an architectural textbook. In Munich, Germany, there is a facade of a building where an entire mystical symbolic textbook has been painted, and this building is situated right opposite one of the oldest bars in the city. Now imagine that people have been sitting in this bar for generations, drinking beer, eating and looking at this facade of the building. Today, most people read e-books or even listen to them in audio; just recently, people read paper books, and even before that, people read architecture. I definitely provide soooo many examples of this.
This is how the city looks like as a classroom. A city teaches you and trains you at all levels at the same time. If you understand that, then you can make it controllable.
Whenever people ask me why all this was previously set out in temples, buildings, etc., and then it all moved into books, there is a reason for power and influence. If you are looking for influence in a certain city, then you don’t need books. Buildings are more durable than books, buildings do not burn, buildings can pass this knowledge on to many future generations. If you have to go somewhere where you don’t have this knowledge, but you have to pass this knowledge on, then building buildings for someone is very problematic, it’s easier to write everything in a book and pass it on.
So the architecture is that very alternative method that preserves knowledge for as long as the time tries to crush it down
And if one knows the key to reading this ancient language – European Myst – one becomes the bearer of he most crucial knowledge – the knowledge of Power.
Architecture of the city is not only the textbook of personal development but the archive of encrypted in a symbol language allowing every resident to live happy, fruitful life, rich in results and achievements that one gains through his lifetime consciously.