“It is with a strange feeling that those of us who come from the Soviet Union look upon the West of today.It is as though we were neither neighbors on the same planet nor contemporaries.And yet we contemplate the West from what will be your future,or we look back 70 years to see our past suddenly repeating itself today.And what we see is always the same as it was then:adults deferring to the opinion of their children;the younger generation carried away by shallow, worthless ideas; professors scared of being unfashionable;journalists refusing to take responsibility for the words they squander so easily;universal sympathy for revolutionary extremists;people with serious objections unable or unwilling to voice them;the majority passively obsessed by a feeling of doom;feeble governments;societies whose defensive reactions have become paralyzed; spiritual confusion leading to political upheaval.What will happen as a result of all this lies ahead of us.But the time is near,and from bitter memory we can easily predict what these events will be.”
“We are all,each in his own way,bound together by a common fate,by the same bands of iron.And all of us are standing on the brink of a great historical cataclysm,a flood that swallows up civilization and changes whole epochs. The present world situation is complicated still more by the fact that several hours have struck simultaneously on the clock of history.We all must face up to a crisis—not just a social crisis,not just a political crisis,not just a military crisis—face up to it,but also stand firm in this great upheaval,an upheaval similar to that which marked the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.Just as mankind once became aware of the intolerable and mistaken deviation of the late Middle Ages and recoiled in horror from it,so too must we take account of the disastrous deviation of the late Enlightenment.We have become hopelessly enmeshed in our slavish worship of all that is pleasant,all that is comfortable,all that is material—we worship things,we worship products.
Will we ever succeed in shaking off this burden,in giving free rein to the spirit that was breathed into us at birth,that spirit which distinquishes us from the animal world?”
March 24 1976
Sound familiar?Good thing the horrors of totalitarian collectivist regimes could never happen here…