We shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life where our physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle Ages, but, even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon as in the Modern era – Online Speech Bank: Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Harvard Commencement Address (A World Split Apart)

24 Nov

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/alexandersolzhenitsynharvard.htm


Is it right
   that man’s life and society’s activities have to be determined by
   material expansion in the first place? Is it permissible to promote
   such expansion to the detriment of our spiritual integrity?

   If the world has not come to its end, it has approached a major turn in
   history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the
   Renaissance. It will exact from us a spiritual upsurge: We shall have
   to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life where our
   physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle Ages, but, even
   more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon as in
   the Modern era.

   This ascension will be similar to climbing onto the next anthropologic
   stage. No one on earth has any other way left but — upward.

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