The Gulag Archipelago, the memoir of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, tells a story we might want to remember – the line dividing good and evil runs through us all.
You see, Aleksandr made the mistake of writing a little letter to a friend where he kinda blasted this dude named Stalin (BIG dude). Back in 1945 this was not a good idea. He was arrested and sent to the gulags (prison camps) in Siberia. He was here for quite awhile and had plenty of time to reflect during the long, laborious, and freezing cold marches between camps. Most died. Someone Aleksandr did not. During one of these death marches, he had an aha moment that changed his mind. He realized how close he had come to joining the KGB and becoming the executioner, rather than the executed. He decides to put pen to paper to tell us all to wake up when it comes to pointing fingers. Here are his words. Slow down and let them in.
“If only it were so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Thanks, Alek, for the reminder. We are all a house divided with choices to make. You choose. Your choices have consequences. Choose love. Choose charity. Choose to give the benefit of the doubt to someone beside yourself. In reality there is no us vs them – only us (Thanks, Bono).