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What about the main thing in life, all its riddles?

“… What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I’ll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusionary -property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life -don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don’t freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don’t claw at your insides. If your back isn’t broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it may be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted on their memory.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

“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.”
― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

[Note: After the Paradise fire destroyed my home, my readers banded together to save and return me to life in hundreds of ways. One of those ways was to restore the great books that I missed from the 3,000 book library that was incinerated. One of those great books is The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn. I am re-reading that now after some 20 years. It only becomes more profound and disturbing as we wade deeper into the current American swamp-based dementia.]

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  • Casey Klahn May 3, 2019, 7:19 PM

    Wow. Just. wow.

    You should get to know a lion we have up here in Washington. His name is Joey Gibson. He’s a warrior for the 2d Amendment, and for God. he goes into Portland, Olympia, etc., and gets sprayed, beat and berated by anitfarse idiots. Get to know him.

    There is about 1 (one) fucking ONE! murder by long arms, on average, in your state each year. Wuhyyyy do they want to raid your house for long arms? It’s a symbol of your freedom.

    My lib friends told me last week about how the environment is so bad that now draconian things must be done to save the Erf.

    God bless Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. w. a . r. f. o. o. t. i. n. g.

  • Jaynie May 4, 2019, 4:20 AM

    Made of strong stuff, Solzhenitzyn. Also you, GVDL.

    This part, “When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”

    The corrupt BHO, FBI and CIA leadership, and HRC, are pretty much exposed in their anti-democrat acts during 2016 campaign. Would they be held to account? That would be healthy for our republic, but protecting their ‘trivial old age’ probably is the more likely thing from the swamp.

    Even though they illegally tried to destroy his campaign, then put President Trump through the ringer over a false accusation for two years, and though they continue media heel grinding him, will DJT be able to pull them up by the lapels and give them some just desserts?

    Thanks for the apropos quotes.

  • Casey Klahn May 4, 2019, 5:22 AM

    My compliments, Jayne.

    I wrote off the thought that Obama/Hillary would be tried for the crimes of Watergate proportions, when they investigated the opposition campaign of Trump using official means and under the color of “their authority”. Now, I heard Rush saying somebody would be tried, and I listen very closely to his opinions as they turn out correct much of the time. If they try Comey, it’s be just but lackluster. Holder and Lynch? Worthy targets because they weaponized and also directly corrupted proper criminal proceedings vs. Hillary.

    What of the public’s viewpoint? That is the thing. My belief is the Trump campaign will run vs. dem corruption and on a solid economy. The dems will run on environment, and socialism. A segment of the population buys into that, but it’s very hard to beat the sweet economy.

    My lib friends in another state are all experiencing buyer’s markets for their homes. They sell them to the first looker, at the posted price with no contingencies. But, they want socialism and oversight. They’re smart people, and I love my friends, but gee. One of their friends told me last year that he’d lit the Hillary/Trump debates, and was responsible for the variable lighting. I wanted to crown him (severe meaning) for what I saw: Trump lit sickly and Hillary warmly. Do these libs think we’re that stupid? Apparently many of us are that stupid, though.

    Anyway – everyone have a nice weekend.

  • Walt Gottesman May 4, 2019, 6:16 AM

    Solzhenitsyn’s “Words of Warning to the West” speech in 1975 reprinted in Imprimis: https://imprimisarchives.hillsdale.edu/file/archives/pdf/1975_09_Imprimis.pdf

    Solzhenitsyn’s “Live Not by Lies” is his 1974 call for courage to his fellow Muscovites, dated the same day he was arrested in his apartment by secret police and exiled, not to the gulags that time, but to Germany: http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/SolhenitsynLies.php

    Shared these and other Solzhenitsyn writings last year with some young conservative college grads who had never before read his words . They thanked me. I thank you for posting the quote by him.

  • JiminAlaska May 4, 2019, 9:28 AM

    The Gulag Archipelago:

    Quite a few years back, in the Russian wild east, I was riding with some friends from Yakutsk, over some three hundred miles of unpaved road, to Aldan, a gold mining town. On the way we stopped for a quick picnic lunch on the hood of the Russian jeep, temperatures minus twenty or thirty degrees.

    My friends pointed out, beside where we stopped, was a pitchblende, uranium ore, mine back in the day, the miners mostly political prisoners. The only thing still standing was the sturdy guard’s barracks, the prisoners’ domiciles all collapsed and gone.

    As my friends were Russians, of course we had vodka with our lunch, and raised a quiet toast to the miner’s memories.

  • Casey May 4, 2019, 9:36 AM

    So sorry: “Jaynie”.

  • Jaynie May 5, 2019, 3:58 AM

    Thanks for that, Casey. And, I go by both.

    Drain the swamp.

    It was such a nice idea.

    BHO is dirtier than Nixon but he skates. Thank you idiotarian media. Thank you for it all. Destruction the republic, it’s what they do. If Putin thought to sow seeds of discord and thereby hurt America, the venal people in the media are doing the heavy field chores for him. Those asses.

    I wonder, was the media a contributing factor to fall of the monarchy and the creation of the ill soviet government in USSR?

    I wonder, did the media help

  • Jaynie May 5, 2019, 4:14 AM

    And so, Casey, I had never heard of the man you mentioned as a lion. So I looked up Joey Gibson.

    Thank you, once again, to the deceitful media. Venal asses making it hard to get to find out what was the real story.

    The reporting about this recent altercation tells of a violent attack by the forces of evil in Gibson’s group, Prayer Patriots (I think), upon the clean as a whistle, innocent Antifacist activists, saints and victims simply drinking, oh so peacefully, in the Cider Riot bar. Yup, clean as a whistle, in an Eddie Haskell way, I have to imagine, since they just happened to have bear, or was it wasp, spray cans at the ready.

    I imagine there might be a big lie in the story. But what do I know for real?

  • Casey May 5, 2019, 8:46 AM

    Joey Gibson gives public speeches where he preaches jesus, and warns the small town citizens that red flag laws are the arm of the takeover. He goes to city council meetings and, along with others, asks the councilpersons to create sanctuary cities for gun owners. One of the counties in his area has done so.

    Then, he goes to hotbeds of liberal wanks and gets attacked, and he holds rallies under guidance to be peaceful and the riots begin.

    The thing to take-away is that the left is on the warpath, and you cannot turn your back on them. Socialism/Communism is only achieved through violence, because what kind of retard would give up all of his property rights to save the planet? I call this a counter-revolution, since our 2A rights are actually the code of an ongoing revolution.

  • Joe May 5, 2019, 9:18 AM
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  • marc in calgary May 6, 2019, 4:38 AM

    It’s quite difficult to put socialism’s secrets back in the bottle after a kid in grade 10 has read through the first two of “The Gulag Archipelago” … and it’s an easy read for anyone in high school, like a series of short stories as nobody really lives for more than 20 pages.

  • retired military May 6, 2019, 5:24 AM

    ““In keeping silent about evil…”

    Well this guy was really familiar with the modern democrat party and the Clintons.

  • Anonymous May 6, 2019, 9:51 AM

    “In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”

    We all see that today as being directed toward the Democrats and the Left; they, of course, believe that the evildoers are Republicans and the Right. This disjunct is the foundation of War.

    As Franklin is quoted in “1776” — which I call the Point of View Paradigm, as it applies to many ideological and political differences:
    “A rebellion is always legal in the first person – our rebellion; it is only in the third person – their rebellion – that it is illegal.”

  • Teri Pittman May 7, 2019, 12:15 PM

    Yep, Joey Gibson is a helluva guy. They like to call him a racist too (which is ridiculous when you know his background). Patriot’s Prayer always gets permits to march, then get shut down when the Antifa acts up. I expect Portland OR to be one of the flash points when it blows up. It will not go well for them if they come across the river.