How do you survive all that diversity?
- How to get a real English lawn?
- Level the ground, sow the grass, water and cut regularily. And so 200 years in a row.
Russians have always lived in the zone of risky farming, and survival itself depended on mutual aid. Sharply expressed individuality is not that pursued, but not encouraged. So there was no big excess in the characters overestimating their significance. Such were, but the sovereign service absorbed them. ;)
Borders gradually expanded, and there were always clashes with the local population. The Caucasus and Crimea were the most painful places. Maybe they would not have been worth capturing ... But the periodic raids on slaves for the Turkish slave markets, devastating entire areas, could not be tolerated indefinitely. Gradually, everyone learned to live together and trade, instead of war ...
Now, some (sponsored?) trolls are trying to "throw in" provocative news, trying to give regular domestic misunderstandings a color of inter-ethnic conflict, but it turns out they are unconvincing.
How do you stay away from the sex perverts and the Western-style political correctness?
It is easy. Just ignore those who trying to force you to be politically correct, be simply polite. Unfortunately, this recipe will not work in Unfortunate States of America...
Concerning perverts... There is such a deeply Russian poet of Jewish origin - Igor Guberman. And one of his quatrain expresses my (and most of my friends) attitude towards perverts rather well.
Мне моя брезгливость дорога,
мной руководящая давно:
даже чтобы плюнуть во врага,
я не набираю в рот говно.
To me my disgust is dear,
I have been running for a long time:
even to spit on the enemy,
I do not put sh*t in my mouth.
Let them live as they want, anyway they will die out without leaving offspring. But if they try to force me to recognize them as the norm or treat my children with their agenda, they will need help of a traumatologist.
(have to go now, will be back later)