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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
The imagination and spiritual strength of Shakespeare's evil doers stopped short at a dozen corpses
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
because they had no ideology.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Ideology, that is what gives evil doing its long sought justification and gives the evil doer 
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
the necessary steadfastness and determination, and makes his actions seem good in his / others eyes
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
If only if it were all so simple, if only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds,
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us, and destroy them
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
but the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
and who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
1937 was needed to show how little their ideology was worth.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
That ideology of which they boasted so enthusiastically
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
turning Russia upside down, destroying its foundations,trampling everything it held sacred underfoot
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
That Russia where they themselves had never been threatened with such retribution.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Bluecaps, integrators,  in their daily life were possessed 
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
by the two strongest instincts other than hunger and sex, greed for power and greed for gain.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
You had the power of arrest.  Ordinary citizens are mere blocks of wood. You were always right. 
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Anything you saw was yours, any apartment, any women was yours, any enemy was struck from your path.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
One and the same human being is at various ages and under various circumstances
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
a totally different human being.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood, but his name doesn't change
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
and to that name we ascribe the whole lot of good and evil.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
During the life of any heart, this line dividing good and evil keeps changing place,
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
The agents of the inquisition invoked Christianity, conquerors of foreign lands extolled the virtue
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
on their motherland, the colonizers, civilization,  the Nazi's, race, 
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
and the Jacobins,  equality, brotherhood and  the happiness of future generations.  
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Thanks to ideology the 20th century was fated to experience evil doing calculated in the millions.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
The majority of those in power, up to the moment of their own arrest, 
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
were pitiless in arresting others, obediently destroyed their peers 
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
and handed over to retribution their friends  and comrades of arms of yesterday.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
All the big Bolsheviks were executioners of other Bolsheviks along with millions of non-communists.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
One thing is definitely clear, not everything that enters our ears, penetrates our consciousness.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Anything too far out of tune with our attitude is lost.
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To do evil, the human being must first of all believe that what he is doing is good
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
or a well considered act in conformity with natural law.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Humans need a justification for evil on a vast scale.
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Bluecaps, interrogators, were judged on the total arrests and confessions they extracted
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Low totals led to them being kicked out. Stalin could never believe he had no enemies in a district.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
That is why they felt no mercy and an explosion of rage toward prisoners who didn't capitulate.
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Socrates told us "know thyself"
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Confronted by the pit into which we are about to toss those who have done us harm
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
we halt stricken dumb.  It's after all only because of the way things worked out, 
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
that they were the executioners and we weren't.
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
The victims of the Bosheviks never conducted themselves so despicably as the leading Bolsheviks
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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
when the lightening struck them.
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