Freedom Depends On Those Who Will Say What’s True

.. . we can stand in a room full of dear friends, knowing that nine-tenths of them, if the pack demands it, will become our enemies. .. . But there is always the minority who do not and it seems to me that our future, the future of everybody, depends on this minority.

—Doris Lessing, Prisons We Choose To Live Inside (1986) quoted by Stella Morabito.

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  1. is that something like saying–no peace, no justice?

    the justified elect have peace with God because of justice satisfied by Christ’s death for the elect.

    in this present age, there will be no peace, because there will be no justice

  2. “Moscow employed the famine as a political weapon against the Ukrainians in the years 1932-1933. The famine was in its entirety artificially induced and organized.” (Inky Mark, M. P. Dauphin — Swan River House of Commons 2 June 1998, Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-1933)

    “… On one side, millions of starving peasants, their bodies often swollen from lack of food; on the other, soldiers, members of the GPU carrying out the instructions of the dictatorship of the proletariat. They had gone over the country like a swarm of locusts and taken away everything edible; they had shot or exiled thousands of peasants, sometimes whole villages; they had reduced some of the most fertile land in the world to a melancholy desert.” ( Malcolm Muggeridge, British foreign correspondent, “War on the Peasants,” Fortnightly Review, 1 May, 1933)

    The full horror and magnitude of modern evil is overwhelming and made more so by the realization that ordinary human beings, having unshackled themselves from God and their own sin nature, either looked the other way or were active participants. It was ordinary human beings who were willing conduits of lies, who compromised with evil by building and manning the ovens and gas chambers, torturing helpless victims, and enforcing the mass starvation of Ukrainians. It was ordinary human beings who in one way or another executed millions of fellow human beings.

    Now here in ‘secularized’ America increasing numbers of people have thrown off all moral restraints. They have unshackled themselves from their own sin nature and favorably view themselves as ‘born good.’ Even more troubling: they adhere to the view of modern pagan and pantheist determinists who place blame for evil on external sources — i.e., genetics, social and environmental factors, and chemical imbalances. This self-deceiving view of evil bears little if any difference from the view held by 20th century Communist and Socialist mass-murderers — the Gnostic pagan determinists who saw themselves as good and animalized ‘others’ as useless weeds or hominids worthy only of annihilation.

    With this in mind, do not take part in self-deceiving lies and half-truths though people may shun you, accuse you of negativity, homophobia, racism, sexism, bigotry, fear-mongering and mental illness and persecute and hate you; do not waver, stand firmly, with a clean conscience, on the Rock of Truth and Righteousness and do not compromise with evil in any way. Never, ever keep silent about evil:

    “In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” (Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956)

  3. “we can stand in a room full of dear friends, knowing that nine-tenths of them, if the pack demands it, will become our enemies.”

    Huh? Maybe the problem starts closer to home than anybody want to admit.
    IOW neither Doris or Stella wants to be the minority, though they know who’s really carrying the mail.

    • “Dear friends” who, if the mob demanded it, would “become our enemy”?
      Really? Those kind of folks may be “friends”, but they are hardly “dear”.

  4. Got it, and agree. “Dear” is too much, and when they turn you realize they were never friends at all.

  5. Within what context does Morabito think this resistance should occur? The middle class and upper middle class are so hopelessly conformist and status conscious that they get genuinely terrified when anyone contradicts the articles of the PC faith. I have learned never to bring up political or social topics but others will bring them up during ‘polite conversation’ from time to time expecting me to nod in agreement with whatever PC article of faith is being used as a proxy for genuine thought. When I disagree, there is genuine terror or contempt on the face of my interlocutor. From that point on, I’m regarded as a loose cannon or dangerous guy and these topics never come up again.

    Further, even ‘polite conversation’ is rare. Putnam has documented the reasons for this in ‘Bowling Alone’. Meaningful socialization does not occur now. The middle class is ‘busy’, meaning, ‘spinning their wheels on a bunch of different stuff and playing around on their wireless devices.’ When it does occur though, different generations approach it differently. Boomers thought they were once fighting the Man. Now they are the Man and why don’t I just do what I’m told and support forking over more of my paycheck to the Leftwing social justice cause of the day? Furthermore, why am I worrying myself about the implications of collapsing institutions? Institutions were always around for the Boomers. Gen Xers are cynical that you could believe something besides the status quo. What am I, some sort of Fox News red state hick? Millennials don’t even have thoughts – they tweet emotions in a wireless cocoon. Of all the people I know across generations, I just maybe a handful in non-PC discussions.

    I think modern (meaning: post-Westphalian) ideas on resisting tyranny through truth, free speech, and persuasion are outdated and probably died with men like Solzhenitsyn. Perhaps PC liberals should be bludgeoned rhetorically and memetically the same way they treat us. I know it’s not ‘nice’ but perhaps we should answer fools according to their folly.

    Something’s gotta give here. The Overton Window is increasingly a view of the Lake of Fire.

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