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A World Split Apart: Solzhenitsyn’s Warning to the West

A World Split Apart: Solzhenitsyn’s Warning to the West

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Comment: The following is a transcript to the historic speech Alexandr Solzhenitsyn gave at the Harvard Commencement in 1978. Often times, great ideas and men are forgotten or not thought of anymore, but much of what Solzhenitsyn said then is still applicable today 40 years later. I am sincerely happy to be here with you on this occasion and to become personally acquainted with this old and most prestigious University. My congratulations and very best wishes to all of today’s graduates. Harvard’s motto is “Veritas.” Many of you have already found out and others will find out in the course of their lives that truth eludes us if we do not concentrate with total attention on its pursuit. And even while it eludes us, the illusion still lingers of knowing it and leads to many misunderstandings. Also, truth is seldom pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter. There is some bitterness in my speech today, too. But I want to stress that it comes not from an adversary but from a friend. Three…
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