4 Replies to “Solzhenitsyn at 100

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    bornagain77 says:

    December 11, 2018, is the 100th anniversary of Mr. Solzhenitsyn’s birth.

    ‘Men Have Forgotten God’: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1983 Templeton Address
    By ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN – December 11, 2018
    Excerpt: II. The Templeton Address
    “More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”
    Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”,,,
    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/aleksandr-solzhenitsyn-men-have-forgotten-god-speech/?fbclid=IwAR347pvNLsSTm1TmdQ8lFCsTCWLTF60dofvJengELFl3YVYZXwWLvJzB3mk

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    PaV says:

    BA77:

    Powerful commentary from 1983:

    Let us ask ourselves: Are not the ideals of our century false? And is not our glib and fashionable terminology just as unsound, a terminology that offers superficial remedies for every difficulty? Each of them, in whatever sphere, must be subjected to a clear-eyed scrutiny while there is still time. The solution to the crisis will not be found along the well-trodden paths of conventional thinking.

    Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth. Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher, and we must not stumble and fall, nor must we linger fruitlessly on one rung of the ladder. Material laws alone do not explain our life or give it direction. The laws of physics and physiology will never reveal the indisputable manner in which the Creator constantly, day in and day out, participates in the life of each of us, unfailingly granting us the energy of existence; when this assistance leaves us, we die. And in the life of our entire planet, the Divine Spirit surely moves with no less force: this we must grasp in our dark and terrible hour.

    Very trenchant analysis, and more recent history proves his perspecacity. Worth the read. Just click on BA77’s link above.

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    EricMH says:

    As Our Lady of Fatima predicted to the three shepherd children in 1917 before the Bolshevik revolution.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima#Second_secret

    If her requests were heeded, Russia would be converted, and there would be peace; if not, Russia would spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.

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    asauber says:

    I read The Gulag Archipelago about 25 years ago, and I thought then as I do now, “Every Stupid Progressive should read this book.” I didn’t and don’t think Progressives would get it as a rule, but there are always exceptions.

    Andrew

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