Once Again Entirely Free

Someone that you have deprived of everything is no longer in your power. He is once again entirely free. –Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

A dancer dressed as a soldier takes part in gala show in Pyongyang
A dancer dressed as a soldier takes part in gala show in Pyongyang, North Korea.

4 thoughts on “Once Again Entirely Free”

  1. When I was young I lost a close friend under the most dreadful of circumstances. My Dad explained to me that life is the most precious thing that we have, he taught me that helping others who struggle with their own lives is the greatest thing that we can do.

    Whether it is family, friends or strangers; the simplest assistance can sometimes lift a person just that little bit that it allows them to move forward under their own steam.

    Sadly there are 25 million North Koreans (I have not included its elite party members) who have no control over their lives (save that they control their own breathing just to get through each day).

    I hope before I ‘pop my clogs’ I see the reunification of the South & North, and that the country can move as one, just as the West & East Germans did. (I was home on leave and sat and marveled at the wall coming down in the presence of my Dad; I watched the tears in his eyes, he didn’t speak, he didn’t have to, his tears spoke volumes).

    One of my favourite quotes is ‘The Critic’, the theme of which has always assisted me in my endeavour to support others.

    “It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

    President Theodore Roosevelt

    Speech at the Sorbonne

    April 23, 1910

    Yours Aye.

    1. Those were wise words of your father. Life is precious, which is why (rather than quaking in my boots) I find the jihadi meme of “we love death more than you love life” pathetic. It reads to me as: our lives are at a dead-end. We have nothing to live for here in the hell-hole we have created. So I will die for a reward that is earthly in pleasure, 72 virgins. As for the Teddy quote, I love it too.

  2. I found it highly illuminating Navy One you chose that particular quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn…I have read a novel or two of his ..The Cancer Ward was one and as a matter of course, was difficult…the Russian mind is both a dark and convoluted place with depression and bleakness being a well-known quantity of their own individual lives; difficult to fathom…and above all else he understood the true nature of freedom and liberty because Mr. Solzhenitsyn existed for many years noting its absence in his own life….when you don’t have it, you appreciate it more…perhaps that is the sign we should understand; we here in America take our freedoms for granted; perhaps for a time we should live without them to appreciate them more fully? I do believe we are being given that chance/opportunity…it’s one I dread but you can only be free if you believe it in the face of all obstacles …k

    1. I guess I chose the quote to fit with the picture of North Korea. His writing is gritty but real. I’ve always respected his life path, but I can’t remember much of the one book of his I read. . .

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