hope is not found in political leaders

Posted by GarbageMouth 1 year, 1 month ago to Culture
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"In early democracies, all individual human rights were granted on the ground that man is God’s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility. Such was the heritage of the preceding one thousand years. Two hundred or even fifty years ago, it would have seemed quite impossible, in America, that an individual be granted boundless freedom with no purpose, simply for the satisfaction of his whims. Subsequently, however, all such limitations were eroded everywhere in the West; a total emancipation occurred from the moral heritage of Christian centuries with their great reserves of mercy and sacrifice.

The West has finally achieved the rights of man, and even to excess, but man’s sense of responsibility to God and society has grown dimmer and dimmer. In the past decades, the legalistic selfishness of the Western approach to the world has reached its peak and the world has found itself in a harsh spiritual crisis and a political impasse. All the celebrated technological achievements of progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the twentieth century’s moral poverty, which no one could have imagined even as late as the nineteenth century."
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 1 year, 1 month ago
    Thanks! I'm going to sit through this soon and take it all in. I've hard so much about this man over the years...how he wrote what it did under cover in the Soviet Union, etc... Good stuff...
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  • Posted by $ 25n56il4 1 year, 1 month ago
    Hey 'GarbageMouth' I'll bet the Harvard Class of '78 was really uplifted by Solzhenitsyn's inspiring diatribe! Grudgingly I must admit most of what he said was true for today's world. You can't really blame the 'talking heads' who give us our 'news'. They are reporting what they have been told to report and that's why they receive such big paychecks. Money talks and BS walks is no longer a fact. The fact is 'money' is everything!!
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