Despite what Solzhenitsyn leads you to believe (145), he wasn’t actually born until a month after the fighting in World War I had ended. While the aftermath of the war is something he grew up with, Solzhenitsyn never actually witnesses World Was I. With this being said, having fought in World War II, Solzhenitsyn knows first hand the existent of what World War II had caused.
Solzhenitsyn describes the attitudes of the people after World War II, their selfish, heartless, and inhumanness attitudes that spawned from the false sense of security that the nuclear bomb presented. The people blissfully ignorant to Russia falling apart at the seams, they sit at home in the utterly corrupt society slowly losing sight of their humanity.
Solzhenitsyn talks a lot of atheism and evil. He believes the root of this evil is atheism its self, this is understandable from his stand point growing up in communist Russia where people were being killed for their Christian faith and the only time they weren’t was when someone of political standing was trying to gain from their hopeful and native hearts. We know today that being an atheist does not necessarily make you evil or more destructive to this world than anyone else. Evil after all has a way of taking many forms. The most predominate being greed.
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...ate come from a man who’s whole life was surrounded with atheism and hatred, the way he describes these things are from man who witnessed them first hand. The great detail he paints of the effect of it and how evil takes over your body. The urgency you feel as he his pleading with a younger generation to change their ways before it’s to late and we lose our souls to a secular world.
Solzhenitsyn spends his entire speech getting to this simple yet what seems like an impossible point to grasp to most. We were created for good and our spiritual growth is something beyond any material item or power that we may gain in this lifetime. Even in this dark world we live in there is still a smidge of good, and through these trials we are left with a choice as to what we are to do with this dying world. Are we to fight for it? Or forever lose it to the evil that resides on it.
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