"At one time we dared not even to whisper"

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OhHolyJesus Thu 22-Jul-21 20:37:43

"That which should be naked would then really appear naked before the whole world."

"No, it will not be the same for everybody at first.  Some, at first, will lose their jobs.  For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice."

And from that day onward he:
•Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.
•Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation nor in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf nor at the prompting of someone else, neither in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, nor in a theatrical role.
•Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can see is false or a distortion of the truth, whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science or music.
•Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.
•Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand nor raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.
•Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.
•Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question.
•Will immediately walk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.
•Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed.

...I could have cut and paste the whole thing as my favourite bits but it's very long. Worth every consonant and vowel.

However many characters you can use on Twatter these days will never compare to proper writing.

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EmbarrassingAdmissions Thu 22-Jul-21 19:13:45

That's both a good essay and very interesting website - thank you for sharing the link.

OhHolyJesus Thu 22-Jul-21 19:04:52

If anyone wanted to Google Heather Finlay and Crowd Justice You would be most welcome.

“Live Not by Lies,” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1974)

The following short essay was written while Solzhenitsyn was still living in the Soviet Union.


This seems a good a place as any to send a message of solidarity to anyone speaking up in any way they can.

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