I don’t miss the Soviet era, and God forbid I’d ever wish it resurrected now. Still, there’s two or three things I do recall being valued then, but not these days, sadly enough. Back then, for instance, money couldn’t buy everything.
I grew up in a society where connections mattered far more than money and life had entire layers where money didn’t even come into the picture. We used to bang out songs, welcome guests, dig potatoes, make homebrew, obtain rationed goods through someone we knew, and babysit for the neighbors. We knew the people living around us, because we needed them – sometimes for gain, sometimes for love. We lived in a community, not a society.