Resentment is a concept introduced by Nietzsche and further developed, in particular, by Max Scheler. This is not just a grudge, but self-rejection of the soul, arising from the long-term prohibition of the expression of such natural affects as the impulses of hatred, revenge, an answer to humiliation and insult. The very feeling of revenge arises as a delayed reaction to offence, when you realize your own powerlessness at the moment. But for a long time the uncomfortable feeling of revenge begins to change consciousness, leads to an internal breakdown, makes you come back to experiencing your humiliation again and again. Hence the name - "Resentment", that is the experience anew.
The best soil for social resentment arises where there is a gap between high claims and the real status of a person. Almost equal political rights and formally recognized social equality in modern society coexist with large differences in de facto property status, education and power. The growth of the resentment and envy in these conditions becomes inevitable, in comparison with the archaic communities, dominated by a dogmatic system of aristocratic superiority, caste and inequalities in culture and laws. From the very childhood we store our resentment inside our souls, until it suddenly explodes end breaks out, bringing a lot of harm to us ourselves and our neighbors.
For modern Russia, there are two types of resentment: the sense of the masses skillfully used by the authorities, and the frustration of the elites towards the Western world, which does not want to adopt into its circle a community with archaic values and a corrupt arrangement. The first kind, the "slaves" resentment, has the appearance of long-term apathy, despondency and depression. The second type, the "lords" resentment, manifests itself in impudence and aggression. But they both lead to the fact that a person is not able to look positively at the ideals of health, beauty, free life and lasting life, inaccessible to him. In place of these values put their opposites: suffering, poverty, pain, death.
I'm not trying to illustrate the life of a society that is riddled with this illness. Rather, my images are an embodied, sublimated resentment, and in this sense may be the subject of study of a psychologist. Concentration on the negative, accompanied by a sense of pleasure - in this there is nothing commendable. But maybe it was necessary for me to see my own monsters in order to get out of the state of internal torpor and fear of them.