Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Splash du Jour: Tuesday

On Sunday, one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century, one of my favorite authors, and someone I consider a hero of the human spirit, passed away…

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Dec.11, 1918 – Aug.03, 2008

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn –

Several of my own writings/reviews on Solzhenitsyn:
1, 2, 3.

Wishing you all, a great Tuesday!


Pala said...

By the by: "idols of the marketplace" is a phrase adopted from F. Bacon. The term refers to misunderstandings resulting from language.

See also here

cipriano said...

Very interesting, Pala.
And link, with your [cyber-name] and Huxley's Island?