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The Line Running Through Every Human Heart (According to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

The Line Running Through Every Human Heart (According to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

The second version of the classic formulation from the exiled, Nobel Prize-winning Russian’s seven part imprisonment account, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-56. The first, from Part I, was quoted in Zach’s amazing post a few months ago, “Drunk Driving, Scapegoats and Gulag Wisdom”. Solzhenitsyn then restated it with a bit more umph in the first chapter of Part IV, ht PNW:

Looking back, I saw that for my whole conscious life I had not understood either myself or my strivings. What had seemed for so long beneficial now turned out in actuality to be fatal, and I had been striving to go…

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God, Help Us Be Like the Nuns: Drunk Driving, Scapegoats and Gulag Wisdom

God, Help Us Be Like the Nuns: Drunk Driving, Scapegoats and Gulag Wisdom

Alejandro and Maria Martinelly of Prince William County, Virginia, knew their son’s affliction all too well, and so they hid the car keys from him. The ruse was effective in keeping him from his third conviction – until one night in August 2010. Fresh into his latest bender, young Carlos A. Martinelly-Montano dug the keys out of his parents’ closet, fired up their Subaru Outback, and went on a joyride. Anyone who has been in debt to, or had a loved one in debt to the rapacious creditor that hounded 23-year-old Carlos knows all too well that no amount of…

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