Much can be said about Alexander Solzhenitsyn who died this weekend in Russia, and many will certainly do. With a courageous person like him having left us a few words by us might be allowed as well. He was:
- A scientist who received the Nobel prize in Literature.
- A red army officer fighting against the Germans in WWII.
- A Stalin critic who paid for his words with eight years in the “Gulag” – almost the whole time Stalin was terrorizing the Soviet Union – and many years of his life after that.
- A person who deserves our respect for his courage and willingness to stand up for his opinions not like many today.
- A citizen like hundred thousands if not millions day-in-day-out threatened and terrorized by the Soviet secret service KGB.
- A person thrown out by the regime from his home place then called Soviet Union.
- A person later in his life getting recognized by many in his country then called Russia again for his work and activities.
Whatever you might think about Alexander Solzhenitsyn he will always remain a great Russian writer and poet and the one who has erected a monument for all the unknown and nameless victims of a very dark area in Russia’s history. If we would just learn some lessons from it today more than in all the decades since these cruelties happened.
- Quote of the day: Civic courage
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- Quote of the Day: Secrets
- RIP: George Carlin
A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today.
The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations.
Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, famous Russian dissident writer, Nobel prize and Templeton Prize winner, Harvard University address (1979)
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A secret ceases to be a secret if it is once confided—it is like a dollar bill, once broken, it is never a dollar again. Henry Wheeler Shaw – aka – Josh Billings
Great US comedian, author and actor George Carlin died yesterday evening in Santa Monica of heart failure. Thanks for all the great time you have given us. (6 video links)…