Monday, August 04, 2008

A. Solz: I see from a New York Times article that Russians, especially young people, are more or less indifferent over the passing of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. I imagine we will see a similar response in most places, America included.

This is the fate of truth tellers. It's the people who tell you what you want to hear who become the heroes. The rare type, usually a person with a math or science background (as Solzhenitsyn had), loves to tease the truth out of things and tell it like it is, and people sooner or later will hate him for it. The word "truth" sounds pretty, but it's really a low priority for most folks.

1 comment:

TGGP said...

After he's died everyone's talking about Two Hundred Years together, but since it hasn't been published in English that puts a damper on the discourse.