Céad Míle Fáilte ~ A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Here we seek a rest in the shade, some cool water and a little kindness. This blog is dedicated to peace, truth, justice and a post- industrial, post-petroleum illumined world in spite of all odds against it. I very much like the line about the ancient knight (see poem below) "His helmet now shall make a hive for bees" It is reminiscent of "beating swords into ploughshares" a sentiment I heartily approve of. Thank you for visiting ~ I hope you return!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Alexander Solzhenitsyn ~ Memory Eternal, Dear Brother

The observant may have noticed the great author's Cancer Ward listed among my all-time favorite books. To take the orthodox Christian worldview and use it, by means of fiction-writing, as a rapier to cut away the dross of the Soviet collective trance, was sheer genius and also an outpouring of a manly and genuine soul. Memory eternal, dear brother!

QUOTE His homecoming in 1994 was a dramatic affair as he travelled in slowly by land from the Russian Far East.
Years later he was embraced by then-Russian President Vladimir Putin, who presented him with Russia's State Prize.
There was significant irony in the fierce critic of Soviet repression being hailed by a former senior officer of the KGB, says the BBC's James Rodgers in Moscow.
Mr Putin described Solzhenitsyn's death as a "heavy loss for Russia".
Solzhenitsyn's latter works, which included essays on Russia's future, stirred contr
oversy. UNQUOTE

"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.” - Solzhenitsyn


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