Posted by: ritagone | September 21, 2016

The Most Profound Statement I’ve Read In Months…

A quote from Svetlana Alexievich’s book “Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets,” which earned her a Nobel Prize for Literature last year, struck me as perhaps the most profound statement I’ve heard or read this entire political season.  Ms. Alexievich quotes literally thou51nmjfqknel-_sx333_bo1204203200_imagesands of people throughout her book, recording their statements or stories and then using the transcriptions as the meat of her book, a vivid insight into what the Russian people themselves — young, old, male, female —  feel about the history of their nation, starting way back with the Lenin years, as she interviewed some who had been alive during the October, 1917 revolution which ended the tsarist reign and brought Communism in under the Bolsheviks.  Then the horrible time of Stalin (horrible to us, but deeply admired and missed by many of those who managed to survive his reign of terror), those who lived under Khrushchev, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, all the way up to and including Putin’s current regime.  It’s a fascinating book if you can stomach some of the cruelest, most horrendous descriptions of man’s inhumanity to man ever recorded on paper.  Wow, if ever you thought that man was basically good, read this book and have your mind changed forever!

And here’s the profound statement, in the form of a question, which we would all, especially those of us living in the United States and facing one of the weirdest and most  disturbing elections in our country’s history, do well to ponder:

 

     “What’s the point of changing governments if we don’t change ourselves?”

     Indeed.

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  1. So true

    Sent from my iPhone

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