Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. – Thomas Paine

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Alexander Solzhenitsyn died two weeks ago from today. He was a great writer and freedom fighter! During his life he had been in and out of prison for speaking out against the Soviet Union and Communism. Here is an interesting quote from him: (note the "West" refers to America)
"The West has yet to experience a Communist invation; religion here remains free. But the West's own historical evolution has been such that today it too is experiencing a drying up of religious consciousness. It too has witnessed racking schisms, bloody religious wars, and rancor, to say nothing of the tide of secularism that, from the late Middle Ages onward, has progressively inundated the West. This gradual sapping of strength from within is a threat to faith that is perhaps even more dangerous than any attempt to assault religion violently from without. "
He went on to say:
"Imperceptibly, through decades of gradual erosion, the meaning of life in the West has ceased to be seen as anything more lofty than the "pursuit of happiness," a goal that has even been solemnly guaranteed by constitutions. The concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries; banished from common use, they have been replaced by political or class considerations of short-lived value. It has become embarrassing to appeal to eternal concepts, embarrassing to state that evil makes its home in the individual human heart before it enters a political system..."
"...Here again we witness the single outcome of a worldwide process, with East and West yielding the same results, and once again for the same reason: Men have forgotten God."
That was a warning if I've ever seen one. He told us flat out that we were headed for communism. Let us take heed to this warning and spread the word! And most of all Let Freedom Ring!

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