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"Fear is a stranger to the ways of love. Identify with fear, and you will be a stranger to yourself." -ACIM

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A few words on Solzhenitsyn

For those of you that have read my previous post, you may noticed that I was in the middle of reading and giving up on a book by Solzhenitsyn. Well it seems that now I will have to push through due to his death this week at 89 years of age.

I have read a lot about him over the years and in the past few days and have grown to respect him and his position in Russian history more and more. So, after reading another article about him this morning, I thought I would share some of his words with you:

People in the West have acquired considerable skill in using, interpreting and manipulating law, even though laws tend to be too complicated for an average person to understand without the help of an expert...
It is time, in the West, to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.
Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society appears to have little defence against the abyss of human decadence, such as, for example, misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people, motion pictures full of pornography, crime and horror.
It is considered to be part of freedom and theoretically counter-balanced by the young people's right not to look or not to accept. Life organised legalistically has thus shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil.
- extract from his speech at Harvard University, 1978

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.”

“The task must be to banish from mankind's thought the idea that anybody has the right to use force against righteousness, against justice, against mutual agreements”

“For us in Russia communism is a dead dog. For many people in the West, it is still a living lion.”

“It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.”

“No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer's pen during his lifetime?”

Friday, August 1, 2008

An Update in August

Well it seems as if I have abandoned the blog for the summer. For all of you looking for a book review from me I do apologize, I’ve been mired in The Gulag Archipelago for some time. Not quite what you would call summer reading, but good none the less. I might not make it all the way through the book though since I’m about a third of the way through it and already have the point: the purges sucked. I like the book as a whole but am already tired of following along with Solzhenitsyn’s steams of consciences.
I’ve also been reading James Joyce’s Dubliners but have yet to find a way to appreciate it for its literary quality. I get it, but not my style really. We’ll see. So far I’ve only gotten through four of the stories none of which has seemed to have a point, lesson or moral bearing.

Anyway, just thought I would get some words out there to those of you that do pop in on this from time to time to see what I’m up to. The summer has flown by here in Charleston and it has not been one of my better ones. I gave up the food and beverage world in May and floated along till mid June before going to work for a hotel group doing inside sales. Hated that job and only made it till the 15th of July there. I just wasn’t into the whole pressure sales market and refused to keep moving along with a job that I was not happy in. So at the end of July I moved over and took a position as a front desk manager at a quaint bed and breakfast and so far so good. You can check the place out online if you want: http://www.elliotthouseinn.com

I’m into the “green” movement now either by choice or by economic sanity. I sold my car in June and now walk everywhere I want to go. Some might think that that was a mistake, but I laugh at the news every time I hear about the latest gas hike. I’ve done some things around our apartment to ensure that we are using up less energy and it has shown up on the gas and power bill every month. For July it only cost us $80 for gas and power together; not too bad. Not to sure August will be the same though since we now have to run the AC 24/7 to keep up with the heat down here.

I would spend some time here discussing the presidential race, but I think right now both candidates are full of crap and neither of them deserves my vote. I did like Obama’s speech in Germany last week, but would like to remind him that the Germans don’t vote in our elections. Sure, they hate Bush (who doesn’t?) and it would be nice for them to like our new president, but it would also be nice if we like him even more. McCain or McSame as Bush, will not get my vote that much I can assure you of. I don’t care how many times he calls me his friend, I’m not buying it. And where are the people that criticized Gore for being robotic? Have you seen McSame move? Ok, I said I wouldn’t get into it, so I won’t. Moving on…

Looking forward to the College Football season and for those of you that read my college football blog when I was a member of the MySpace Nation, you can look forward to that here starting in September. My Georgia Bulldogs are ranked number one to start the year but I doubt they’ll finish that way since they have a tough tough schedule this year including an October from hell. The Braves have tanked this year thanks to an injury list that is a mile long. But, behold the return of Mike Hampton! He’s not the greatest on his return tour, but hell he’s throwing live balls to real major league hitters in real major league games. Can you believe it?

That’s all for now kids. Check back in a few weeks and see what’s going on. Until then I hope you all are doing well and this finds you happy, safe and healthy. Avoid those cell phones cause now not only can they pop popcorn, but they can give you cancer. I thought they disproved that in the 90’s? Oh well. Peace!