Sunday, October 09, 2011

Quote of the Day

Actually, of the last century. We saw this at Green Mountains Homesteading in the left column with many other great quotes.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.

What will surprise anyone who reads Solzhenitsyn, these feelings and regrets are far more rare than they should be. It is not uncommon for us to read his works and feel compelled to scream "Why didn't you fight back?!". As our studies broaden we learn that many did fight. But not enough.

Will there be enough next time?

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