The Sombre Prophecy of a Russian Novelist in 1983

The Somber Prophecy of a Russian Novelist

During his Templeton Prize Lecture, May 1983, in London, the Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn answered the question why the Russian revolution which killed some sixty million people happened. His answer, “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this happened.”

The World Will Be Possessed By the Demon of Evil

Solzhenitsyn quoted another famous Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoevsky who predicted that “revolution must necessarily begin with atheism.” And, “The world will be saved only after it has been possessed by the demon of evil.” Solzhenitsyn adds, “Whether it really will be saved we shall have to wait and see.”

West Experiences A Communist Invasion From Within

The Russian novelist foretold that the West has yet to experience a Communist invasion. He saw this coming because of a gradual erosion of religion from within, which – quote – “is more dangerous than any attempt to assault religion violently from without.” He points out that in the West “the concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries” and that it is not considered shameful to make concessions to evil.

Hatred is the Mark of Today’s “Free World”

Solzhenitsyn saw that “Atheist teachers in the West are bringing up a younger generation in a spirit of hatred of their own society.” And, “This eager fanning of the flames of hatred is becoming the mark of today’s free world.” He saw that “this deliberately nurtured hatred then spreads to all that is alive, to life itself.”

The Solution

This is what Solzhenitsyn proposes as a solution, “We must first recognize the horror perpetrated not by some outside force, not by class or national enemies, but within each of us individually, and within every society. This is especially true of a free and highly developed society, for here, in particular, we have surely brought everything upon ourselves, of our own free will. We ourselves, in our daily unthinking selfishness, are pulling tight that noose…”

[Source: Gloria.TV News]

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5 Responses to The Sombre Prophecy of a Russian Novelist in 1983

  1. Eric Shearer says:

    Very interesting read. I found the part about the younger generation being raised to hate their own society rather chilling – yet sadly accurate.


  2. johnhenrycn says:

    Gosh, Eric, you’re the spittin image (albeit a younger version) of our parish sacristan – that is – if you’re the person on the sinister side of your avatar. The person on your dexter side is far more attractive. Sorry.


  3. mkoopman2443 says:

    Cherry picked Solzhenitsyn keeping true to his view while avoiding the anger. Even reference to Dostoevsky deism as a nice touch. Perestroika in this idea upon Aleksandr almost makes me consider that I should have paid more heed to his rants when he was still with us. But, no, not quite and I may never chose to finish reading Archipelago. Not before visiting The Brothers Karamazov once again for certain. County Clerks always more fun than spikey shoed short German women. Even the damned in The Shah or Eastern Bloc dungeons could keep painting the centerline past such wicked floozies.


  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Hi, ninkinpoop mkoopman2443 (who knew there were so many of you?):
    I haven’t yet read “The Brothers K” but it’s high on my list, just after that other tome he wrote with my name on the title page.


  5. Brother Burrito says:

    Yo, and a big welcome to you too, Spambot!

    Liked by 1 person

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