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Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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  • Live Not By Lies

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    Solzhenitsyn penned this essay in 1974 and it circulated among Moscow's intellectuals at the time. It is dated Feb. 12, the same day that secret police broke into his apartment and αrrєѕтed him. The next day he was exiled to West Germany. The essay is a call to moral courage and serves as light to all who value truth.

    At one time we dared not even to whisper. Now we write and read samizdat, and sometimes when we gather in the smoking room at the Science Institute we complain frankly to one another: What kind of tricks are they playing on us, and where are they dragging us? Gratuitous boasting of cosmic achievements while there is poverty and destruction at home. Propping up remote, uncivilized regimes. Fanning up cινιℓ ωαr. And we recklessly fostered Mao Tse-tung at our expense—and it will be we who are sent to war against him, and will have to go. Is there any way out? And they put on trial anybody they want and they put sane people in asylums—always they, and we are powerless.

    Things have almost reached rock bottom. A universal spiritual death has already touched us all, and physical death will soon flare up and consume us both and our children—but as before we still smile in a cowardly way and mumble without tounges tied. But what can we do to stop it? We haven't the strength?

    We have been so hopelessly dehumanized that for today's modest ration of food we are willing to abandon all our principles, our souls, and all the efforts of our predecessors and all opportunities for our descendants—but just don't disturb our fragile existence. We lack staunchness, pride and enthusiasm. We don't even fear universal nuclear death, and we don't fear a third world war. We have already taken refuge in the crevices. We just fear acts of civil courage.

    We fear only to lag behind the herd and to take a step alone-and suddenly find ourselves without white bread, without heating gas and without a Moscow registration.

    We have been indoctrinated in political courses, and in just the same way was fostered the idea to live comfortably, and all will be well for the rest of our lives. You can't escape your environment and social conditions. Everyday life defines consciousness. What does it have to do with us? We can't do anything about it?

    But we can—everything. But we lie to ourselves for assurance. And it is not they who are to blame for everything—we ourselves, only we. One can object: But actually toy can think anything you like. Gags have been stuffed into our mouths. Nobody wants to listen to us and nobody asks us. How can we force them to listen? It is impossible to change their minds.

    It would be natural to vote them out of office—but there are not ɛƖɛctıons in our country. In the West people know about strikes and protest demonstrations—but we are too oppressed, and it is a horrible prospect for us: How can one suddenly renounce a job and take to the streets? Yet the other fatal paths probed during the past century by our bitter Russian history are, nevertheless, not for us, and truly we don't need them.

    Now that the axes have done their work, when everything which was sown has sprouted anew, we can see that the young and presumptuous people who thought they would make out country just and happy through terror, bloody rêbêllïon and cινιℓ ωαr were themselves misled. No thanks, fathers of education! Now we know that infamous methods breed infamous results. Let our hands be clean!

    The circle—is it closed? And is there really no way out? And is there only one thing left for us to do, to wait without taking action? Maybe something will happen by itself? It will never happen as long as we daily acknowledge, extol, and strengthen—and do not sever ourselves from the most perceptible of its aspects: Lies.

    When violence intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: “I am violence. Run away, make way for me—I will crush you.” But violence quickly grows old. And it has lost confidence in itself, and in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood as its ally—since violence lays its ponderous paw not every day and not on every shoulder. It demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies—all loyalty lies in that.

    And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, but not with any help from me.

    This opens a breach in the imaginary encirclement caused by our inaction. It is the easiest thing to do for us, but the most devastating for the lies. Because when people renounce lies it simply cuts short their existence. Like an infection, they can exist only in a living organism.

    We do not exhort ourselves. We have not sufficiently matured to march into the squares and shout the truth our loud or to express aloud what we think. It's not necessary.

    It's dangerous. But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.

    This is our path, the easiest and most accessible one, which takes into account out inherent cowardice, already well rooted. And it is much easier—it's dangerous even to say this—than the sort of civil disobedience which Gandhi advocated.

    Our path is to talk away fro the gangrenous boundary. If we did not paste together the dead bones and scales of ideology, if we did not sew together the rotting rags, we would be astonished how quickly the lies would be rendered helpless and subside.

    That which should be naked would then really appear naked before the whole world.

    So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice: Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood—of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one's family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies—or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one's children and contemporaries.

    And from that day onward he:

    - Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.

    - Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.

    - Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.

    - Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.

    - Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.

    - Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.

    - Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question. Will immediately talk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.

    - Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed. Of course we have not listed all of the possible and necessary deviations from falsehood. But a person who purifies himself will easily distinguish other instances with his purified outlook.

    No, it will not be the same for everybody at first. Some, at first, will lose their jobs. For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.

    But there are no loopholes for anybody who wants to be honest. On any given day any one of us will be confronted with at least one of the above-mentioned choices even in the most secure of the technical sciences. Either truth or falsehood: Toward spiritual independence or toward spiritual servitude.

    And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul—don't let him be proud of his “progressive” views, don't let him boast that he is an academician or a people's artist, a merited figure, or a general—let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It's all the same to me as long as I'm fed and warm.

    Even this path, which is the most modest of all paths of resistance, will not be easy for us. But it is much easier than self-immolation or a hunger strike: The flames will not envelope your body, your eyeballs, will not burst from the heat, and brown bread and clean water will always be available to your family.

    A great people of Europe, the Czechoslovaks, whom we betrayed and deceived: Haven't they shown us how a vulnerable breast can stand up even against tanks if there is a worthy heart within it?

    You say it will not be easy? But it will be easiest of all possible resources. It will not be an easy choice for a body, but it is the only one for a soul. Not, it is not an easy path. But there are already people, even dozens of them, who over the years have maintained all these points and live by the truth.

    So you will not be the first to take this path, but will join those who have already taken it. This path will be easier and shorter for all of us if we take it by mutual efforts and in close rank. If there are thousands of us, they will not be able to do anything with us. If there are tens of thousands of us, then we would not even recognize our country.

    If we are too frightened, then we should stop complaining that someone is suffocating us. We ourselves are doing it. Let us then bow down even more, let us wail, and out brothers the biologists will help to bring nearer the day when they are able to read our thoughts are worthless and hopeless.

    And if we get cold feet, even taking this step, then we are worthless and hopeless, and the scorn of Pushkin should be directed to us:

    Why should cattle have the gifts of freedom?
    Their heritage from generation to generation is the belled yoke and the lash.

    Source: http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/SolhenitsynLies.php

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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    « Reply #1 on: July 28, 2020, 09:07:35 PM »
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  • Dear StLouisIX-

    I don't know who you are, but I detect a greater than average intelligence in you.

    It would be laborious to explain why.

    Let's just say few trads have read Solzhenitsyn (but they certainly should, especially now, which I suspect is why you are posting this).

    No pressure, but if you are comfortable PMing me your identity confidentially, I would like to know you.

    I suspect there is much more to you than meets the eye.

    Semper Idem,
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    -I retract any and all statements I have made that are incongruent with the True Faith, and apologize for ever having made them-


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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    « Reply #2 on: July 28, 2020, 09:20:13 PM »
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  • "And is there really no way out? And is there only one thing left for us to do, to wait without taking action? Maybe something will happen by itself? It will never happen as long as we daily acknowledge, extol, and strengthen—and do not sever ourselves from the most perceptible of its aspects: Lies."

    ::)

    I could spend all day thinking and writing on this.  But Americans are going to turn Solzhenitsyn into a prophet, while they wait for someone else to remedy their situation for them, (until the knock comes at the door, and they realize they should have done something).

    It will be too late for them.
    Romans 5:20 "But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more."

    -I retract any and all statements I have made that are incongruent with the True Faith, and apologize for ever having made them-

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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    « Reply #3 on: July 28, 2020, 09:37:20 PM »
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  • Sean, Catholics do wait for someone else to remedy their situation.

    Solzhenitsyn was a humanist. Bergoglio might canonize him at any time (ah no, Solzhenitsyn went "antisemitic" later).
    Men are not bound, or able to read hearts; but when they see that someone is a heretic by his external works, they judge him to be a heretic pure and simple ... Jerome points this out. (St. Robert Bellarmine)

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    « Reply #4 on: July 28, 2020, 09:57:59 PM »
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  • Sean, Catholics do wait for someone else to remedy their situation.

    Solzhenitsyn was a humanist. Bergoglio might canonize him at any time (ah no, Solzhenitsyn went "antisemitic" later).

    "God hates a coward," and "God helps those who help themselves."

    You are advocating quietism, it would seem.

    But what else can a despairing sede advocate?

    Solzhenitsyn's entire article was relevant for us:

    The CÖVÌD19 lie persists, grows, and causes immeasurable damage: Those who wear a mask, practice social distancing, and go along with the need for a ναccιnє, for instance, are living a lie, and contributing to the ruin of all...many of whom KNOW it is all a lie, but consent to it for reasons of personal advantage, well-being, or cowardice.

    Then comes the knock at the door, and all realize in that moment they should have taken a different path.

    Your comments are irrelevant to this truth (and strangely hostile to it, which is as interesting as it is depressing).
    Romans 5:20 "But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more."

    -I retract any and all statements I have made that are incongruent with the True Faith, and apologize for ever having made them-


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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    « Reply #5 on: July 28, 2020, 10:34:54 PM »
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  • God hates humanists.
    Men are not bound, or able to read hearts; but when they see that someone is a heretic by his external works, they judge him to be a heretic pure and simple ... Jerome points this out. (St. Robert Bellarmine)

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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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  • This is good.

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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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  • God hates humanists.
    God hates the sin but loves the sinner.
    "In His wisdom," says St. Gregory, "almighty God preferred rather to bring good out of evil than never allow evil to occur."


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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    « Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 04:18:35 AM »
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  • Solzhenitsyn was a humanist.
    God hates humanists.

    God hates labels, especially false ones.

    Solzhenitsyn quoted by Ericson, Edward E. Jr. (October 1985) in "Solzhenitsyn – Voice from the Gulag," Eternity, pp. 23–24:

    Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old 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 ʀɛʋօʟutιօn; 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 ʀɛʋօʟutιօn 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."

    This is a wonderful article, nothing but the truth.

    God loves truth. God is Truth.

    Thank you for posting it, St Louis.

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  • “Live Not By Lies” unhinges the entire тαℓмυdic Bolshevik theology the world has suffered from since 1917.

    If we refuse to believe and act on the lies, then the ʝʊdɛօ-masonic network ceases to function.

    Muslims with box cutters penetrating our military defenses and toppling skyscrapers?  I don’t believe that lie.

    I don’t believe the lie and that it is the reason for destroying Israel’s Middle Eastern neighbors and creating TSA’s American police state.
    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    « Reply #10 on: July 29, 2020, 01:06:45 PM »
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  • Thank you all for the positive comments. 


    Here is a clip from a documentary by the title of "Live Not By Lies" about Solzhenitsyn in his elderly years: 


     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oio7qmSvgsw


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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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  • Solzhenitsyn quoted by Ericson, Edward E. Jr. (October 1985) in "Solzhenitsyn – Voice from the Gulag," Eternity, pp. 23–24:

    Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old 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 ʀɛʋօʟutιօn; 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 ʀɛʋօʟutιօn 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."

    This is a wonderful article, nothing but the truth.

    Thank you for posting this.

    When Solzhenitsyn was exiled in 1974, he was first welcomed in Germany by Heinrich Böll, before he went to Zürich. Media sold him as a humanist. At his grave, president Dmitry Medvedev called him "one of the greatest thinkers, writers, and humanists of the 20th century". Posthumously, he was awarded a "World Prize of Humanism".

    Metapedia says that he originally was an Atheist and Communist, but later decidedly confessed Russian "Orthodoxy".

    Men are not bound, or able to read hearts; but when they see that someone is a heretic by his external works, they judge him to be a heretic pure and simple ... Jerome points this out. (St. Robert Bellarmine)

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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    « Reply #12 on: July 29, 2020, 08:43:05 PM »
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  • "God hates a coward," and "God helps those who help themselves."

    You are advocating quietism, it would seem.

    But what else can a despairing sede advocate?

    Solzhenitsyn's entire article was relevant for us:

    The CÖVÌD19 lie persists, grows, and causes immeasurable damage: Those who wear a mask, practice social distancing, and go along with the need for a ναccιnє, for instance, are living a lie, and contributing to the ruin of all...many of whom KNOW it is all a lie, but consent to it for reasons of personal advantage, well-being, or cowardice.

    Then comes the knock at the door, and all realize in that moment they should have taken a different path.

    Your comments are irrelevant to this truth (and strangely hostile to it, which is as interesting as it is depressing).

    And yet there is a time when our work will cease. This is consistent with all of prophecy and Scripture, consistent with what we have been told of the end times, the consummation of the age.

    Who ends the reign of the anti-Christ, and how is it ended? It is not by a human agency.

    Apparently humanism has invaded even those who otherwise know better, and should know even better yet.


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    John 9:4-5

    I must work the works of him that sent me, whilst it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
    Non enim omnes qui ex Israel sunt, ii sunt Israelitae (Roman 9:6)

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  • Live Not By Lies

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    Solzhenitsyn penned this essay in 1974 and it circulated among Moscow's intellectuals at the time. It is dated Feb. 12, the same day that secret police broke into his apartment and αrrєѕтed him. The next day he was exiled to West Germany. The essay is a call to moral courage and serves as light to all who value truth.

    At one time we dared not even to whisper. Now we write and read samizdat, and sometimes when we gather in the smoking room at the Science Institute we complain frankly to one another: What kind of tricks are they playing on us, and where are they dragging us? Gratuitous boasting of cosmic achievements while there is poverty and destruction at home. Propping up remote, uncivilized regimes. Fanning up cινιℓ ωαr. And we recklessly fostered Mao Tse-tung at our expense—and it will be we who are sent to war against him, and will have to go. Is there any way out? And they put on trial anybody they want and they put sane people in asylums—always they, and we are powerless.

    Things have almost reached rock bottom. A universal spiritual death has already touched us all, and physical death will soon flare up and consume us both and our children—but as before we still smile in a cowardly way and mumble without tounges tied. But what can we do to stop it? We haven't the strength?

    We have been so hopelessly dehumanized that for today's modest ration of food we are willing to abandon all our principles, our souls, and all the efforts of our predecessors and all opportunities for our descendants—but just don't disturb our fragile existence. We lack staunchness, pride and enthusiasm. We don't even fear universal nuclear death, and we don't fear a third world war. We have already taken refuge in the crevices. We just fear acts of civil courage.

    We fear only to lag behind the herd and to take a step alone-and suddenly find ourselves without white bread, without heating gas and without a Moscow registration.

    We have been indoctrinated in political courses, and in just the same way was fostered the idea to live comfortably, and all will be well for the rest of our lives. You can't escape your environment and social conditions. Everyday life defines consciousness. What does it have to do with us? We can't do anything about it?

    But we can—everything. But we lie to ourselves for assurance. And it is not they who are to blame for everything—we ourselves, only we. One can object: But actually toy can think anything you like. Gags have been stuffed into our mouths. Nobody wants to listen to us and nobody asks us. How can we force them to listen? It is impossible to change their minds.

    It would be natural to vote them out of office—but there are not ɛƖɛctıons in our country. In the West people know about strikes and protest demonstrations—but we are too oppressed, and it is a horrible prospect for us: How can one suddenly renounce a job and take to the streets? Yet the other fatal paths probed during the past century by our bitter Russian history are, nevertheless, not for us, and truly we don't need them.

    Now that the axes have done their work, when everything which was sown has sprouted anew, we can see that the young and presumptuous people who thought they would make out country just and happy through terror, bloody rêbêllïon and cινιℓ ωαr were themselves misled. No thanks, fathers of education! Now we know that infamous methods breed infamous results. Let our hands be clean!

    The circle—is it closed? And is there really no way out? And is there only one thing left for us to do, to wait without taking action? Maybe something will happen by itself? It will never happen as long as we daily acknowledge, extol, and strengthen—and do not sever ourselves from the most perceptible of its aspects: Lies.

    When violence intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: “I am violence. Run away, make way for me—I will crush you.” But violence quickly grows old. And it has lost confidence in itself, and in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood as its ally—since violence lays its ponderous paw not every day and not on every shoulder. It demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies—all loyalty lies in that.

    And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, but not with any help from me.

    This opens a breach in the imaginary encirclement caused by our inaction. It is the easiest thing to do for us, but the most devastating for the lies. Because when people renounce lies it simply cuts short their existence. Like an infection, they can exist only in a living organism.

    We do not exhort ourselves. We have not sufficiently matured to march into the squares and shout the truth our loud or to express aloud what we think. It's not necessary.

    It's dangerous. But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.

    This is our path, the easiest and most accessible one, which takes into account out inherent cowardice, already well rooted. And it is much easier—it's dangerous even to say this—than the sort of civil disobedience which Gandhi advocated.

    Our path is to talk away fro the gangrenous boundary. If we did not paste together the dead bones and scales of ideology, if we did not sew together the rotting rags, we would be astonished how quickly the lies would be rendered helpless and subside.

    That which should be naked would then really appear naked before the whole world.

    So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice: Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood—of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one's family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies—or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one's children and contemporaries.

    And from that day onward he:

    - Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.

    - Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.

    - Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.

    - Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.

    - Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.

    - Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.

    - Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question. Will immєdιαtely talk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.

    - Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed. Of course we have not listed all of the possible and necessary deviations from falsehood. But a person who purifies himself will easily distinguish other instances with his purified outlook.

    No, it will not be the same for everybody at first. Some, at first, will lose their jobs. For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.

    But there are no loopholes for anybody who wants to be honest. On any given day any one of us will be confronted with at least one of the above-mentioned choices even in the most secure of the technical sciences. Either truth or falsehood: Toward spiritual independence or toward spiritual servitude.

    And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul—don't let him be proud of his “progressive” views, don't let him boast that he is an academician or a people's artist, a merited figure, or a general—let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It's all the same to me as long as I'm fed and warm.

    Even this path, which is the most modest of all paths of resistance, will not be easy for us. But it is much easier than self-immolation or a hunger strike: The flames will not envelope your body, your eyeballs, will not burst from the heat, and brown bread and clean water will always be available to your family.

    A great people of Europe, the Czechoslovaks, whom we betrayed and deceived: Haven't they shown us how a vulnerable breast can stand up even against tanks if there is a worthy heart within it?

    You say it will not be easy? But it will be easiest of all possible resources. It will not be an easy choice for a body, but it is the only one for a soul. Not, it is not an easy path. But there are already people, even dozens of them, who over the years have maintained all these points and live by the truth.

    So you will not be the first to take this path, but will join those who have already taken it. This path will be easier and shorter for all of us if we take it by mutual efforts and in close rank. If there are thousands of us, they will not be able to do anything with us. If there are tens of thousands of us, then we would not even recognize our country.

    If we are too frightened, then we should stop complaining that someone is suffocating us. We ourselves are doing it. Let us then bow down even more, let us wail, and out brothers the biologists will help to bring nearer the day when they are able to read our thoughts are worthless and hopeless.

    And if we get cold feet, even taking this step, then we are worthless and hopeless, and the scorn of Pushkin should be directed to us:

    Why should cattle have the gifts of freedom?
    Their heritage from generation to generation is the belled yoke and the lash.

    Source: http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/SolhenitsynLies.php


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    Re: Live Not By Lies - an essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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  • I posted the above video because it matches what Solzhenitsyn wrote.

    Martyn Iles adheres to no denomination advocating freedom of religion (all religions).  One remains curious about what he would say regarding Christ's words to 'eat my flesh and drink my blood'.
    In the midst of the this generation of NO ecumenical Catholics, and traditional Catholics who have lost their faith in the Papal-compass, the Christian Lobby could well succeed in obliterating the One Holy Catholic Faith entirely from our country.   I know that God said he would be always with His Church etc. but that does not mean we sit back and let Him do all the work.  He says it because he knows that we refuse to lay own our arms.  We have to take up our weapons and make it happen.

    Illes is becoming a major figure in our upcoming ɛƖɛctıon featuring prominently in upcoming the Truth of it






    "In His wisdom," says St. Gregory, "almighty God preferred rather to bring good out of evil than never allow evil to occur."


     

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