Let’s Stop Participating in Lies
The morning the police broke into his apartment, arrested him and hauled him off to exile, the late Aleksander Solzhenitsyn had penned an essay entitled “Live Not by Lies.” It was a call for the Russian people to stop participating in what had become one giant deception – their own system. In the Soviet system, you had to wear a mask. Not like the blue paper ones we wear today: the mask you wore then was the smile on your face, the tacit consent to the officer on the corner that though you disagreed with the system, you would not make waves.
In a few kind and not so kind words, he exposed the hypocrisy.
“Things have almost reached rock-bottom,” he said.” “A universal spiritual death has already touched us all and physical death will soon flareup and consume us and our children. But, as before, we still smile in a cowardly fashion and mumble with our tongues tied. What can we do to stop it? We haven't the strength. We have been so hopelessly dehumanized that for today's ration of food we are willing to abandon all our principles, our souls and the efforts of our predecessors, as well as all the opportunities for our descendants, Just don't disturb our fragile existence!”
In America, you know it and I know it. Everyone knows it – We have reached rock bottom. The events of this past year, which culminated recently on January 6th at the United States capitol have made it clear: to keep our fragile existence, we must turn our heads and go on living the lie, we now have to become the lie. In America, to keep your life, liberty, property and the right to pursue happiness – you have to be a liar.
In America, we are afraid of confrontation, so we call cowardice “loving our neighbor” and capitulation to tyrannical mandates, “our Romans 13, Christian duty.”
In America, in our churches, we don’t want to offend anyone, so we don’t preach against sin and we keep faith with the wicked and make covenants with wolves in sheep’s clothing.
In America, we take $600 stimulus payments in exchange for our children’s children’s slavery.
In America, we say “we are all in this together,” that we must “move on” and “heal” though we are a completely divided nation, utterly, rotten and festering in our core and moving on means ignoring our problems and disenfranchising our neighbors.
In our banana republic, we say we have representative government, but to us that means being jerked around every four years and voting for ‘our guy.’ We like it that way. We get to cede responsibility to think and act for ourselves that way. In fact, we like it so much, we dutifully give our wealth and property away to force our democratic ways on folks all around the globe.
And no matter who is President, we shall continue, for in America, we are well trained citizens. Our government schools are the pride of the communities. We send our children to them, where the curriculum and what is left out of the curriculum undermines their faith and morality, and we are so proud of ourselves for giving them an education and making them into good citizens.
Besides, we are busy, we work hard all week so we can revel in sin and relax in our spotless, empty living rooms. Fake news and Hollywood are so much more engaging then the screams of unborn children.
Anyway, in America it doesn’t matter if you say one thing and do another – if you live a lie. Because once upon a time in America some great things happened. Things that happened 400 years ago made us all great, so we will all be great forever. You see, here in America, we have unalienable rights. Corporate oligarchs tell us what they are and how we can exercise them and from the comfort of our armchairs we remind them that we have them.
In America, we are great. It is great. Things are great. We think it’s wonderful.
In America, it’s wonderful to lie.
Except when some great, Polarizing Figure comes along and exposes the lies and hypocrisy. Then you must choose. If you go forward and keep participating in the lies, you become a liar.
But if you turn, if you repent, and stop participating in the lie, well, in modern America, you can prepare to suffer. The other liars will alienate you. They will pick at you and tear you apart. They will falsely accuse you, and when you feel betrayed and show you are hurt and angry, they will say, “See! The accusations are true!” You will have this, though: whatever mirror you come across, you can look yourself in the eye and your children’s children will thank you and will not curse your name, because you did not sell their birthright for one small, morsel of meat.
Today, in America, if you try to expose the lies, you will be censored, banned, or cancelled. Tomorrow, you may end up in jail or one of the new detention centers. Count on it. Don’t believe the lie that it cannot happen in America. You may lose your life, your fortune and most of your friends. Count on it, it will take a lot of stress off your mind. Count on being hated because your very existence will shout, “You liar!”
And what of the liars, the ones you are leaving behind? In the words of Solzhenitsyn,
“He who is not sufficiently courageous to defend his soul – don’t let him be proud of his ‘progressive’ views, and don’t let him boast… . Let him say to himself: I am a part of the herd and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and kept warm.”
So forget them – those lying cowards. The first lie you can stop participating in is that they give a damn about you. Walk away from the herd. Stop participating in the lie.
And where will you go? Maybe, like Solzhenitsyn, into exile, or maybe to the grave, but hopefully one day, back into an America where so many people don’t participate in the lie.
"Is the circle closed? Is there really no way out? Is there only one thing left to do - to wait without taking any action? Maybe something will happen by itself. But it will never happen as long as we daily acknowledge, extol and strengthen — and do not sever ourselves from — the most perceptible of its aspects: lies. When violence intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: 'I am violence. Run away, make way for me — I will crush you. 'But violence quickly grows old. After only a few years it loses confidence in itself, and in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood as its ally — since violence can conceal itself with nothing except lies, and the lies can be maintained only by violence. Violence does not lay its paw on every shoulder every day: it demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies. And this submissiveness is the crux of the matter. The simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation is this: personal non-participation in lies. Though lies may conceal everything, though lies may control everything, we should be obstinate about this one small point: let them be in control but without any help from any of us. This opens a breach in the imaginary encirclement caused by our inaction. It is the easiest thing for us to do and the most destructive for the lies. Because when people renounce lies it cuts short their existence. Like a virus, they can survive only in a living organism." A. Solzhenitsyn
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