Essay on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Charles Colson
Two men, now deceased, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian author and critic of the Soviet system, and Charles Colson, the once-infamous Nixon attorney who became a committed follower of Jesus argued that the West has forfeited its responsibility to uphold moral virtue. "When a government starts an earnest fight against terrorism, public opinion immediately accuses it of violating terrorists' civil rights." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1978). Two powerful essays by two very different individuals have challenged humanity to reflect on their moral obligation.
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Anyone who lives in a culture without an "objective legal scale" faces the dire unpredictability of its leaders. Solzhenitsyn experienced that under communism and called that society "A terrible one indeed" but he also said, " a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. Whenever the tissue of life is woven of legal relations, there is an atmosphere of moral mediocrity, paralyzing man's noblest impulses." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1978)
He ended his speech by referring to the "disaster" that has befallen the West. He did not describe it as a world war disaster but rather "the calamity of a deprived spiritual character or influence and irreligious human consciousness." Even in 1978, he believed humanity had "approached a major turn in history." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1978)
No wonder his essay generated a huge reaction. With a full and wide view of insight, Solzhenitsyn challenged that graduating class to