7 Highlights From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard Speech

This article was originally published on Return Of Kings.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich after serving in Stalin’s gulag due to criticizing the Soviet leadership’s actions during World War 2. His book became a resource by which many Westerners came to understand the evils of Stalin’s totalitarian government.

After the Soviet Union exiled him in the early 1970’s, he came to live in the United States. Here is a prophetic speech he gave at Harvard’s commencement in 1978 (click here for the full text).

Here are the highlights I found most illuminating.

1. Pursuit of truth

…truth eludes us if we do not concentrate our attention totally on it’s pursuit. But even while it eludes us, the illusion of knowing it still lingers and leads to many misunderstandings. Also, truth seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter.

2. West vs East

A fact which cannot be disputed is the weakening of human beings in the West while in the East they are becoming firmer and stronger — 60 years for our people and 30 years for the people of Eastern Europe. During that time we have been through a spiritual training far in advance of Western experience. Life’s complexity and mortal weight have produced stronger, deeper, and more interesting characters than those generally [produced] by standardized Western well-being.

3. Consumer culture

After the suffering of many years of violence and oppression, the human soul longs for things higher, warmer, and purer than those offered by today’s mass living habits, introduced by the revolting invasion of publicity, by TV stupor, and by intolerable music.

4. Fake societal stability

The center of your democracy and of your culture is left without electric power for a few hours only, and all of a sudden crowds of American citizens start looting and creating havoc. The smooth surface film must be very thin, then, the social system quite unstable and unhealthy.

5. Technology as savior

All the glorified technological achievements of Progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the 20th century’s moral poverty which no one could imagine even as late as in the 19th Century.

6. Spiritual emptiness

We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. In the East, it is destroyed by the dealings and machinations of the ruling party. In the West, commercial interests suffocate it. This is the real crisis. The split in the world is less terrible — The split in the world is less terrible than the similarity of the disease plaguing its main sections.

7. Purpose of life

If humanism were right in declaring that man is born only to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature. It cannot be unrestrained enjoyment of everyday life. It cannot be the search for the best ways to obtain material goods and then cheerfully get the most of them. It has to be the fulfillment of a permanent, earnest duty so that one’s life journey may become an experience of moral growth, so that one may leave life a better human being than one started it.

What could possibly go wrong from having a culture that passes on spiritual or traditional life in favor of consumerism, narcissism, and fornication? We’re currently finding out.

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orale wey

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Google the quenelle, its big all over europe.

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Great post. After Alexander Solzhenitsyn came to live in the US, some journalists came to his home in Vermont to interview him. They asked him what he would tell the men and women who fought in Viet Nam. He responded that he would tell those men and woman that they fought for freedom. After that, no one from the Mainstream Media ever spoke to him again.

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No they fought for Standard Oil, Boeing, Goldman Sachs, Exxon, Raytheon, Northop Grumman just like the gullible enlisted men/canon coder guys are now. Like Axl Rose said “I don need your civil war it feeds the rich while it buries the poor” so to all you 19yos in Alabama thinking about signing up dont do it- it’s all bullshit to make old Jew guys in Manhattan board rooms even richer while you die in the desert because of some bs those same old Jews told you on the news channels they own or from the lobbyists they hired pimping ou your local Congressman to tell you sweet lies.

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wrong, You just believed New Commie lies
Communism is dead now, in Russia , China and Cuba. .

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Yeh, we now have global ziocommunism. Seriously, they should have called the call of duty franchise (which was likeable) call of Z.O.G.

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Call of ZOG- funniest thing I heard all week lmao

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Roosh
Every ROK/American women suck/ Western cultural degeneracy of feminism I read this Zionist cultural pathogen called Gloria Steinem comes to mind-
http://henrymakow.com/180302.html

Ps-
In EE are the clubs as crappy as N America because the latest ROK by the 19yo in Vancouver on how N American clubs mostly suck is spot on.

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Feminism is meant to weaken whites through broken family units andf abortion(fewer numbers)

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And human beings are more similar than dissimilar (apart fom perhaps the vast majority of one group), so in a global modernized culture, they will all behaver similarly and predictably. Read the book propaganda frtom 1925 and books by zbigniew brzezinski to learn how to manipulate and control populations through social engineering.

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Brilliant. Will do. You need a blog- you get it. All this bs we see is social engineering like even tonight this high shield 7 at a bar HIV me attitude when Im drinking with Friends and not even talkin to her- clown ho.

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Roosh a ROK on the cities with the best nightlife you’ve been to would be cool to read.

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go to the RVF

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Anyone has thoughts on the spirituality, emotional and mental health of most men and women in the west? We are all on survival mode and that’s why we are selfish and unable to change. We need to learn how to look inward to begin any real change. “Problems cannot be solved with the same level of awareness that created them.”

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Please explain.

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Some of us do not have a choice, we are hungry and do not know where our next meal will come from so survival mode is beneficial because we need to we’ll survive…but the majority, we are in survival mode because we are addicted to cortisol- the stress hormone. We never take time to reflect, to look inward and try to understand our thoughts and our emotions. We simply live in a constant state of stress and we do anything we can to run away from the feeling of emptyness. We consume, we play video games, we eat, we fuck, we watch tv, we drink, we smoke, we…

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People in the older days had less material wealth, but were happier due to less intrusion into their lives, and were, more independent in terms of jobs and food and goods production. When one sociopathic group controls all of that without any regard for people living from paycheck to paycheck, its not surprising people suffer. But the real mentally ill people are the ones with the ideologies involved in running this open air prison called modern society, where the bars are closing in, yet many refuse to acknowledge they are there in the first place.

Creeping totalitarianism and a frog slowly being brought to boil so it doesnt realise the shit he is in, comes to mind. I believe in God, but I have to wonder what those who do not believe in… Its the only way this sick system ends, where the living come to envy the dead.

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“The Enlightenment is Dead” Michel Houellebecq. An idea that I believe Solzhenitsyn was hinting at. I say Good riddance. What was a noble idea at one time from the likes of Voltaire and Edmund Burke has turned form core beliefs like Freedom of Speech and Liberty to “where are the Trannie Washrooms! You shouldn’t judge furries you cisgendered fuck! and respect my right to kill my unborn children!” The idea is spent, we’ve come to the end game of it. I say a spiritual awakening is on the Horizon and it ain’t coming from Christianity (at least in the west).

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Christianity has had their physical churches become subverted. I find it the closest version to the truth. Everybody can have a personal relationship with God, not dependent upon being part of a church.

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Great Post Roosh.

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Interesting. New book to read!

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Roosh
If you were in the talet laden city of Cordoba today would all the coed chicas go out with 35yo guys?

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A bit off topic, but a PERFECT photo showing how BAD things are in Canada these days.

Check our this photo from Calgary and let’s play a game called “Spot a female”.
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What a fucking “sausage fest” is Canada….

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I know gender ratios are still 104 adult males to 100 females, so unless male immigration is through the roof, is it that bad in most places?

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Looks like my kind of place. Men can talk and speak about any thing with out some cunt being offended

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What a dump man.

Please for the sake of clarity explain how it is at a night club in EE. Is it like Roosh wrote in Bag Ukraine 4 to 1 fine girls (7+s) who are in heels and want to talk to men not fat girls in jeans and shitty indie looking tops with a F off attitude and 4 dudes to 1 chick like N Americas small towns (big towns like NYC and Miami are awesome but bring a shit load of $$$ if you want to have any fun).

What do you drop on a night out in EE to drink some, buy girls drinks, and go to a place that’s jumping with good house and trance music (I like reggae and rap too but prefer electronica).

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Good questions, pal;)))
I ain’t gonna write much about a night club in EE, just 2 lines;)
1. In any EE night club you get 80% females to 20% males ratio. It is TRUE!! this ain’t no Canada. 95% of those girls will wear a very sexy outfit and high heels and I mean it!
2. Almost all the girl are very open minded, stylish, sexy and willing to hold a conversation.
A good night at a good night club filled with sexy girls in EE would cost you about 40$ US. An exchange rate is great here these days, 20 grivnas to 1 dollar, so even a small dollar amount will take you very far! And almost every club plays trans here by the way!;)

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Oh, that’s spelled “trance”;) Sorry, man, I ain’t so much into all that modern music and take a good blues song over trance any given day! 😉

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I think I shall head to Ukraine for a two week visit. I at least have to see for myself if this is just fantasia or there truly is life outside of Canada haha. How much cash would you suggest bringing?

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How much cash does one need for a 2 weeks visit to Ukraine? I’d say about 2500$ would be more than enough to cover all your needs and far beyond! And remember, locals manage to live life on 500$ a month and still have an endless supply of sexy girls;)

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Hrmm, that isn’t much to save up to live it up for two weeks in a different country. The excitement of being some place else is reward enough. $2500, is this including shelter/hotel expense?

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Yes, it does include a nice rental apartment downtown in any bigger Ukrainian city! You can rent apartments on a daily basis here and the supply of those apartments is HUUUUGE!

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Isn’t that little civil war getting in the way of things? The way the news reports it here, Russia is about take over the eastern half any month now.

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Prognosis of a typical femcunt Toronto chick.

1) Young and cute. Overinflated narcissistic personality, but still datable because they are reasonably attractive. Tight and horny.
2) Has dated a bunch of drunk losers and alphas kuz that is what is cool in the West. Men find out they are whores and only date them for sex.
3) Alpha widow in their mid-20s because they blew it with all the decent level-headed guys they dated. Cheated on him with a loser or alpha and can’t replace the good relationship and decent life she once had.
4) Approaching 30… Confused about what they want in life… They want a man and to have a well-rounded life but they can’t attract men for commitment like they used to. Double-down on career and hobbies. The smart ones get a decent guy and keep him… the majority pretend like they know what the fuck they are doing and put up an “independent don’t need no man” front. Truth is they can’t even bond to men emotionally anymore at this point.
5) Start joining yoga and other classes in desperate hope of meeting a man. Start taking crossfit very seriously because they unconsciously realize their dating value is going extinct.
6) Get cats and a mortgage. Game over.

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This is the U.S. too. Found out an ex of mine is getting her 2nd masters and advertised it loudly on social media. She thinks it’ll make her more attractive. What would really make her more attractive is to shut the fck up, learn to cook, and smile more often.

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I think Roosh is probably going through a bit of emotional turmoil right now.

He is posting all these tweet about European nations with ugly girls being full of whores and nations with beautiful girls being sexually conservative. It is the classic West vs FSU battle. Fast sex with low-value sluts vs Tough work for quality women.

He also posted recently about older women being unpleasant ex-whores. I can only assume that he invested himself emotionally into a girl with a sordid past. Especially if she refuses sex after having given it out so easily in the past, this is the greatest insult to one’s ego and soul, particularly if you really like her. This is one of the greatest mistakes and something that players usually learn the hard way. Don’t play with fire, sluts are for one or two bangs, nothing more. It can be very tempting if she is sweet, but a man KNOWS who is who, he just lets his feelings smoke up his mind.

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Romance was a lie sold to men to get them to become better worker drones. Now that the worker drones are not so profitable, they are to be expendible via destroying femininity, which has become exceedingly rare these days

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Love is not a lie.

Your comment is what every Western girl believes. That is precisely why they are whores. That is Western tripe, commerical propaganda, the people who believe it think they are onto some hot shit, but everyone around them thinks exactly the same.

Should you attempt connection with a Western woman? Absolutely not. But that doesn’t mean male-female emotional connection isn’t real, it is VERY real, and when it happens it is a more whole and beautiful feeling even than sex.

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Romance doesn’t equal love.

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Most red pill folk know who is fucking up the world today via banking, staged conflicts/domestic terrorism and marxist homogenization. I want to talk about two other things, namely:
(1) how 87% of the population do not think for themselves and therefore follow social trends like feminism and mass abortion, which helps further enable the puppety masters, and,
(2) how modern technologyu is more advanced than publicly admitted, turning whole socities into a spygrid with computerized weaponozation and rapid response teams for dissidents. In case some are unaware, the elimination and genocide of the population has begun in a manner where we have a global palestine.

Greedy, murdering bastards… This is obviously against God’s will, and it is time to repent. Since caucasian whites have been reduced from 35% of the global population to 8%, and now arabs and whites including christians are becoming increasingly spent fighting each other in staged bankster conflicts, only one group stands to benefit.

They need to shut up about persecutions which they cause and manipulate, as they are the worst persecutors on the planet, numbering at anywhere from 60 to 200 million based on studies, with a falsified lineage. They manipulate all debate so lies become truth.

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Oh yeah, they’re actually canaanites and edomites hated by God and told to serve Japheth(white man) and Shem. Instead, they enslaved blacks and indians, killed off 410 million whites, and then say we are the parasites… Apparently their final solution is to enslave or genocide all of us, also warping our minds away from God and cutting us off via our adoption of poor behaviours. When 130 countries have kicked them out since 240AD, when Christ,the founding fathers, Muhammed etc.. say they’re evil – take this history seriously! They rewrote history when WW1 and 2 both furthered their interests and led to the holocaust of white people! If you read their book which illegally supersedes the old testament, it then becomes satanism, as they become as God to be served by others. It reads like a book of rules of how to scam, murder, lie and torture without getting caught.

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Jews are not humans, they may look like humans but they are not, they are distinct from rest of humanity..They have no such feelings that normal humans have , their end goal is complete enslavement of non Jews, they have even bred with few non Jews to further their cause

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This comment section is really going off the rails. Enjoy!

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Paid mossad trolls posted both above comments for their damage control, the manipulative cowards they are.

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If you really think I am a “paid mossad troll”, you are either insane or some kind of fake troll yourself.

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Roosh
I enjoyed your Ukraine YT uploads. Show us more EE footage of girls. Brno or Minsk both sound like they are worthwhile.

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Hey Roosh, if one night stands don’t inspire you anymore, what about trying to actually love someone? I know your view on this, but what if you still try just once? For the sake of curiosity. You are probably incapable by now, but who knows, maybe it’ll turn out to be a nice surprise, if you put a lot of effort. I’m talking about real love, commitment, etc. Kinda what you had with that very first girl, who made you cry(sorry man). I’m suggesting it because you sound so sad…maybe you’ll be able to find happiness by something you’ve never tried before. It comes from my own experience. I mean, you are not losing anything.

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You can’t “try” to love. Absurd notion.

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By “try” I mean that you try to believe in success from the beginning, without skepticism. I think it depends on attitude very much because if you will have presumption of failure since the very start, it’s not going to work for sure. But nevermind, I just suggested.

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If that Ukrainian girl made him so happy, I would have at least lied my way through a few months of a fake commitment.

Better that crushing the whole thing over nothing.

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Hi Roosh. I am from India, and stumbled across your blog a year ago, and since have become your avid follower. Your book DayBang, is infact the perfect Bang textbook for Indian scenario where a level of discreetness is mandatory. Women here are quite sweet and natural infact, and they arent slutty yet, not much.

What I like best of you, is articles like these where your grip over ideas become explicit, and your ability of abstraction. I will be very grateful if you could pass by my new blog sometime https://moviesandvagina.wordpress.com. It will really be an honour.

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Roosh, please move this shit to another locale. We need ASS reports, not political stuffs.

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Roosh since when are you antifornication? Youre not only always talking about all the bitches youve fucked, but you shame and demean men who choose not to live your lifestyle

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“What could possibly go wrong from having a culture that passes on spiritual or traditional life in favor of consumerism, narcissism, and fornication? We’re currently finding out.” So why do you sell books teaching men how to fornicate?