“Don’t believe them, Don’t fear them, Don’t ask anything of them.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Tonight, I watched a short, 3 minute and 52 second movie. It was incredible. Interested?
I thought so.
I began by watching The Greatest Truth Never Told.
This short video clip is merely one of a large series of videos.
After a solid hour or so of watching these little video shorts, I was prompted to write and expand upon them. These short videos are put together very well. The videos engage the viewer on many levels. There is much thought provoking material presented, that touches me on many different levels. So much more than I have ever exposed myself to in a short amount of time. That may sound dramatic, but there was so much within these little video shorts that I found myself identifying with.
After watching 24 of these videos back-to-back (approximately 1.5hrs), I paused after hearing this quote in Episode 25. See The World Anew. Three minutes and two seconds (3:02) into the video, I heard Chris Duane quote, “Don’t believe them, Don’t fear them, Don’t ask anything of them.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. When I first heard it, I’m not quite sure why it stood out to me. As I write this, I have paused several more times to listen to it again. After listening to it, I still am uncertain as to what specifically made me want to write. That’s half the fun of why I write, however.
A simple quote in a little YouTube movie got me writing and thinking. I decided to do a quick search on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It turns out that he apparently “was a Russian writer, dissident and activist. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and theSoviet Union‘s forced labor camp system from 1918 to 1956. While his writings were often suppressed, he wrote several books most notably The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best-known works. “For the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature”, Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 but returned to Russia in 1994 after the Soviet system had collapsed” (according to Wikipedia).
Is Wikipedia the most reliable site to source from? No. Can you tell me what the most reliable site to source from? No. Very good. Let’s move beyond that. While I find this information very interesting, it got me thinking. After letting my mind wander for a few minutes in many different directions, I decided to focus on the quote, “Don’t believe them, Don’t fear them, Don’t ask anything of them.” After wondering what context he was writing about, I dug deeper. These words are supposedly the three rules made famous among Soviet prisoners by Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s literature as read in an article by Anna Nemtsova. The interesting (or frightening) part about all this is that while this article is about the Moscow penal system, yet the quote made me think about my thoughts about our own government and my stance on how we should perceive and ultimately treat the government.
Oh boy, here he goes, another socio-political tirade you’re likely thinking if you’re one of the buffoons that actually reads this trash. Boy, if I continue verbally assaulting my readers by calling them buffoons, then I suspect I won’t have many readers! I’d like to say that I don’t really care. On a certain level, I suppose I don’t…but just like anything else I do, I try to be “effective” at it. What would “effective” writing actually be? That’s another topic for another day. I won’t even attempt to go there right now, but to bring this little rant full circle, I suppose that’s ultimately what some of my writing actually is – a socio-political tirade. Enjoy.
Ultimately the fact that “Don’t believe them, Don’t fear them, Don’t ask anything of them” made me think of our own government when the quote, spoken by a Russian writer, dissident and activist. I have mixed feelings about the fact that this quote makes me think of the manner about which I think about and believe we should treat our own government. Mixed feelings in that it makes me feel sad, among a myriad other feelings and emotions. Watching this series, The Greatest Truth Never Told is one of the best things I think one can do if you have experienced anything resembling conflicting feelings about our government and/or our socio-political structure in today’s world.
Throughout this series he discusses the The 5 Stages Of The Awakening which you can see here. My suggestion is to watch the videos in succession. These videos are so captivating that I’m going to continue watching them until I fall It’s late for me on a Saturday night at 10:00 and after writing for darn near close to 35 minutes, I find myself realizing that I want to stop writing and continue watching where I left off…after watching the remaining few minutes of Episode 25. See The World Anew, I am completely astonished and very tired as well. It is late and I ran 17 miles earlier today. Very tired physically and after a few hours of watching and reflecting on The Greatest Truth Never Told I ultimately realize that am satisfied with the experiences of my life and the direction that my life is currently headed.
Some days…it is more difficult to say this than others. Do everything you can right now to make today not one of those days.
What can we do? It is all we can do.