Good And Evil In The Heart

31 05 2012

“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains … an unuprooted small corner of evil.

Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.”

–Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956)

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4 responses

31 05 2012
LaDona's Music Studio

Indeed. It’s like the Dag Hammerskjold quote – “He who wants to keep his garden tidy does not reserve a plot for weeds.”
Must read the Gulag someday – it’s been sitting on my shelf for years (decades, even)

1 06 2012
Christian Fahey

It’s quite a chronicle, LaDona. I’ve not read it all by any means but sections. Harrowing and eloquent. A real picture of the concept that ideas–in this case atheism–have consequences.

2 06 2012
Writing Sisters

Very convicting. Thanks.

2 06 2012
Christian Fahey

I agree. It was in prison that Solzhenitsyn had this epiphany. He actually thanked God for prison as it helped him to know his own heart.

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