Solzhenitsyn/Harvard 1978 http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/solzhenitsyn/harva...
"Active and tense competition permeates all human thoughts without opening a way to free spiritual development."
You offered an A and B for Solzhenitsyn’s quote above: A as a true version and B as a counterfeit version.
Expanding Solzhenitsyn’s quote: “Every citizen has been granted the desired freedom and material goods in such quantity and of such quality as to guarantee in theory the achievement of happiness, in the morally inferior sense which has come into being during those same decades. In the process, however, one psychological detail has been overlooked: the constant desire to have still more things and a still better life and the struggle to obtain them imprints many Western faces with worry and even depression, though it is customary to conceal such feelings. Active and tense competition permeates all human thoughts without opening a way to free spiritual development. The individual's independence from many types of state pressure has been guaranteed; the majority of people have been granted well-being to an extent their fathers and grandfathers could not even dream about; it has become possible to raise young people according to these ideals, leading them to physical splendor, happiness, possession of material goods, money and leisure, to an almost unlimited freedom of enjoyment.”
I did not focus on the thought of the welfare state when I read that paragraph. I saw rather American prosperity and the continual drive to pursue more material wealth. I saw the word competition as meaning to compete to get more out of life.
I would like to offer C: Proverbs 39:7Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die : 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full , and deny thee, and say , Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor , and steal , and take the name of my God in vain.
According to Proverbs as quoted above, perhaps it is better to not desire to have more, but rather to desire to only have just enough, or only what is necessary, not more and not less, such that it does not hinder free spiritual development?
I would also like to offer D: Matthew 6:28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow ; they toil not, neither do they spin :29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is , and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?31Therefore take no thought , saying , What shall we eat ? or, What shall we drink ? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ?32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek :) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.34Taketherefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Perhaps active and intense competition should not be focused at all on gaining a more and better quality of life. Rather we are to seek God first and let Him add to our lives such as He sees sufficient.
Maybe there is room for E: Acts 4:32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither *said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.34Neither *was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them , and brought the prices of the things that were sold , 35And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need..
Perhaps the real problem is that we do not love our neighbors as ourselves and so what is mine is mine and it is not yours and I will not give you what is mine even if I see that you might need some of mine because I am too busy getting more of mine so that mine will be more than yours.
As the counterfeit of E, I would like to offer F: James 2: 14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can *faith save him?15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute * of daily food,16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled ; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
In other words, I see you have a need, but I am not going to help you, so “Good Luck,” hopefully God will help you, but God may not use me or my resources in the process.
Finally this takes us to G) which brings us back to Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
QUOTE: “When crime is made legal there is a subsidy flowing to liars, a charity, a reward for better liars, and this may be something missed by Solzhenitsyn whose authority has to do with just how bad legal crime can get as his authority is derived from personal experience.”
Do you think perhaps he alluded to it here:
“An oil company is legally blameless when it purchases an invention of a new type of energy in order to prevent its use. A food product manufacturer is legally blameless when he poisons his produce to make it last longer: after all, people are free not to buy it.”
QUOTE: “An enforcement mechanism is demanded, in any case, and there are competitive examples of such things, one being Dictatorship (Crime made Legal) and another being that example provided in history known as Magna Carte with a working Trial by Jury, and another being a Confederation in Holland, and another being a Republic in Switzerland, and closer to home in America there was that period between 1776 and 1788 where a Democratic Federated Republic worked as it did work, competitively, for anyone to see, if anyone cared to see how one enforcement mechanism compared competitively one against another.”
Do you know a good source to read about America during 1776-1788 so I can understand how things (individuals and states and civil governments etc) worked as a Democratic Federated Republic?
QUOTE: “Note the wisdom of Solzhenitsyn on the point of identifying the force involved, which is custom, or fashion, or peer pressure, or merely the effects of brain washing, behavioral modification, response conditioning, manufactured consent, or other powers infecting each individual from external sources: the connecting mediums compete as such:
1. One way connecting mediums such as Television (or the press)
2. Chat Rooms and Forums
4. A Spiritual Connection
Which one is the most dictatorial in nature, which one is a method by one person, or one small group, to alter the behavior of targeted victims?”
My first impression was to say #1 because the masses are tuned in, but that source can be turned off at will or reasoned against. However, #3 is perhaps the most controlling method because money is something that for the most part all victims depend upon for commerce and sustenance...Money Talks. I pick 3 because of JK education
QUOTE: “Which one reaches closer to a connection that manages to reach the goal of everyone knowing better soon enough to avert becoming victim to crime made legal?”
#2 was my guess because it is what has influenced me. Maybe I should say money again because that is the vehicle by which we must disconnect from the Legal Criminals?
"At present, some Western voices already have spoken of obtaining protection from a third power against aggression in the next world conflict, if there is one; in this case the shield would be China. But I would not wish such an outcome to any country in the world. First of all, it is again a doomed alliance with Evil; also, it would grant the United States a respite, but when at a later date China with its billion people would turn around armed with American weapons, America itself would fall prey to a genocide similar to the one perpetrated in Cambodia in our days."
That is the quote that scared me. I don’t think about such things. I do not believe most Americans are thinking about such things. For the most part we the people are thinking about the trinkets in the cage and how to get some more of them. (However, I do believe people are waking up to the fact that the trinkets are disappearing.) We are fixated on luxury instead of safety; upon Mammon instead of God. Our enemy has caged us. Solzhenitsyn also said
“it has become possible to raise young people according to these ideals, leading them to physical splendor, happiness, possession of material goods, money and leisure, to an almost unlimited freedom of enjoyment. So who should now renounce all this, why and for what should one risk one's precious life in defense of common values, and particularly in such nebulous cases when the security of one's nation must be defended in a distant country?
Even biology knows that habitual extreme safety and well-being are not advantageous for a living organism. Today, well-being in the life of Western society has begun to reveal its pernicious mask.”
I dare say the majority of Americans, do not even recognize the enemy, so how is one to even fight against it?
QUOTE: “Chinese people who honestly produce an earned income are having their futures stolen from them too, as their "leaders" loan their earnings to "our leaders" so that "our leaders" can keep their Perpetual Wars for Perpetual Peace going on, and on, and on, until Kingdom Come, or at least until China arms up enough to win World War III as planned, so as to move World Reserve Currency Headquarters from U.S.A. Inc. (LLC) The Dollar Hegemony to China or wherever the new Corporate Welfare Central Bank will occupy.”
Do you think Solzhenitsyn understood the depths of the plan as you state it?
QUOTE: “Who do you think will be behind the supposed need to pay off all that supposed LEGAL MONOPOLY MONEY DEBT?”
I suppose the Legal Criminals will tell us we must pay it off.
QUOTE: “Regime Change is afoot, people, and this isn't news.”
Yes this appeared to be spoken about openly in this interview from the front page of the DP http://www.dailypaul.com/240948/lawyers-for-ron-paul-on-the-... . I do not believe I have heard anyone else publicly verbalize the dire straight we, non criminal American people, are in other than you and then here in this interview. The Lawyer seemed alarmed. I am not well informed though, and once again, I do not know who to trust.
QUOTE: “Taking a Dive for Conservatism?”
How do you define Conservatism?
QUOTE: “Elect me, or someone at least as competitive as me, into the office of the President, and get at least three things done by July 4th 2013.”
How are we going to elect you? You see, I think I am one of those follower sorts.
QUOTE: “If Ron Paul won't do it, I will, and if no one does it, we get what we pay for, see you all in hell.”
I think someone will do it, but it seems we are having a hard time electing someone to do it.
I thought you might be interested in hearing Doug Wead on Self-Defense:
http://www.dailypaul.com/240247/doug-wead-full-facebook-chat... Doug Wead at 40 minutes discusses self-defense. I thought the whole chat somewhat interesting.
Steven Pearl Andrew on the topic:
LMD-10.7 Upon the same principle, I can judge better than you can of the purity of your motives in this very act, and I determine that you were influenced by an undue desire to increase the popularity of your journal, by parading your zeal for the current morality of the day, and that such an example of the venality of the press is extremely vitiating to the public mind. My impartial position for judging authorizes me to judge and to punish you for deviating from my judgment. hence, I resort to the mob, and burn down your printing-office, or throw your types into the ocean. Now, then, how is your mob any better than my mob – except that yours is called “the State?” Do you find it in the distinction you attempt to establish between freedom of utterance and freedom of action – one of which is to be tolerated and the other not? That would only be to turn my vengeance from you personally to the passive instruments of your opinion – the juries and prison-keepers.
Permit me, on this point, to substitute, for what I might have said, an extract from a communication I have just received, suggested by your remarks, from a noble and pure-minded American woman, one to whom the world owes more than to any other man or woman, living or dead, for through investigation and appreciation of the Causes of Disease and the Laws of Health especially in all that concerns the Sexual Relations and the reproduction of the race:*
LMD-10.32 “Often the greatest crime a man can commit is to reproduce himself, though it be done legally.
LMD-10.33 “We must have a Maine Law and capital punishment for the children born of hate in indissoluble marriage. Hundreds of Women in such marriage murder their children rather than bear them.
Is the above quote an example of defenseless violence? I don’t quite understand what is being offered as the remedy. Is it Eugenics?
Did you hear Chuck Baldwin on Alex Jones last week?
I went to the Library to get the Gulag book. I found out there were Three 600 or so page volumes. Did you read all 3? I have checked out Vol 1, but have not started reading it yet as I wanted to finish reading Andrews on Marriage. I finally finished it today. Jeff bought me a netbook and now I can read at will while waiting for the Amish to finish their appointments. The Amish man I took to Kansas City today was kicked in the face by a horse last week. He could have easily lost his life as he was dragged along behind the horse near a busy highway. They gave me fresh garden tomatoes when I took them back home. The first ones of the season! ...And more potatoes. I guess I will start storing potatoes in the basement. At least I know they haven't been irradiated.
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