FROM A FRIEND’S WEEKLY EMAILED COLUMN:
I (Z: MY FRIEND, not me) just finished an intriguing book titled Live Not For Lies (Subtitle is A Manual For Christian Dissidents) by Rod Dreher. The title comes from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s final comments to his followers when he was imprisoned by the Russians. The basic theme of the book is that America is following a path very much like that of Europe after WW2 that allowed Communism to take over many of its countries. To give you a broad view of this warning, I’m pasting in several passages from the book that should make us all wake up to what Biden and his Communist friends are doing. I’ll give you the page numbers for each if you want to get the book and check out these selections. This book should be available in your local library if you’re a penny-pincer like me. They ARE our books, but we just let the library store them for us, hey?
Page 8: Truth is whatever the ruler decides it is. Control actions, thoughts and emotions. Compliance is forced less by the state than by elites who form public opinion and private corporations via technology control of our lives.
Page 10: Pink Police State: People will surrender political rights in exchange for guarantee of personal pleasure.
Page 29: The parallels between a declining US and pre-revolutionary Russia are not exact, but are unnervingly close.
Page 88: Youth in China are more Huxley than Orwell. Orwell feared a world where people were forbidden to read books. Huxley feared a world where you don’t have to have books–no one wants to read them.
Page 92: We are being conditioned to accept a Westernized version of China’s social credit system.
Page 93: In the West today we are living under decadent, pre-Totalitarian conditions. We are being conditioned to surrender privacy & political liberties for sake of comfort, convenience and artificially imposed social harmony.
Page 113: Cicero- “Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain a child forever.”
Page 115: ” …. ideologues in power, both in classrooms and newsrooms, manipulate collective memory to capture the future. The liberal democratic, capitalist way of life unintentionally does the same thing.”
Page 117: A person cut off from history is a person who is almost powerless against power.
Page 121: “Totalitarian power has extended the sphere of politics to include everything.”
Page 127: As Orwell knew, simply by staying sane when everyone else is mad, we may hope to convey the human heritage.
Page 129: USA Christians, alas, are not especially different from unbelievers. (Z: thank GOD I know far too many Christians who don’t fit this but I’m afraid many do)
Page 136: Dictatorship versus Totalitarianism. The former can make life hard, but not want to devour you soul. The latter wants your soul.
Page 151: You can’t simply be against everything bad. You have to be for something good. (Z: what Republicans must learn)
Page 180: Urge young people to get off internet and get together face to face to build resistance.
Page 182: Soft totalitarianism seduces those – even Christians – who have lost capacity to love enduringly. They think they love, but they merely desire. They think they follow Jesus, but in fact, merely admire Him.
Page 182: In liberty and prosperity, children of the last communist generation have fallen to a more sophisticated tyranny – one that tells them anything they find difficult is a form of oppression. For millennials, unhappiness is slavery and freedom is liberation from burden of unchosen obligations.
Page 185: Old totalitarianism conquered by fear of pain. The new one conquers primarily through manipulating people’s love of pleasure and fear of discomfort.
Page 200: …. in Soviet prison, guards laid man down on floor and had other inmates urinate and defecate on him.
Page 200: …guards forced Catholic priest to use plate of excrement and one of urine and obliged him to say the holy mass upon them.
Page 213: C. S. Lewis: “the world is ‘enemy-occupied territory’ for the Christian. The culture war is largely over—and we lost.”
Page 213: Totalitarianism is built on the oldest lie of all: “Ye shall be as Gods.” (Z: in Mao jackets)
Z: Some of those quotes, all?, are amazing and perfect for today. Imagine the great C.S. Lewis knowing ahead of time what was coming, mostly because he worked in academia all his life. He scares people because he was incredibly bright and came to Christ later in life….that only makes him more believable to me.
Hoping some of these quotes resonate with you, too. Now we figure how to get past them?