Posts Tagged ‘Communism’

Wife of Osip Mandelstam who died in one of Stalin’s prison camps in the late ’30s, surviving her life of poverty and loneliness lived to see her kitchen becoming a cultural pit-stop for touring writers and scholars. Towards the end she, frail in health desired death because ‘up there I’ll be again with Osip.’ Poet Anna Akhmatova who was present disagreed. ‘You’ve got it all wrong,’ she told her old friend,’Up there it is me now going to be with Osip.’
Note:Poet Osip was said to have had a liaison with Anna. He died in 1938. b.
Boris Pasternak, the author of Dr. Zhivago in recalling the dark days under Stalin’s repressive regime once shared what many of his literary friends dared not voice openly. He admitted things were somewhat easier than then. Speaking of the changed times he said,’They don’t ask much of you. They only want you to hate the things you love and to love the things you despise.’
Some one sarcastically asked Robert Hutchins , former president at the University of Chicago, if Communism was still being studied at the University.
‘Yes,’ replied Hutchins,’and cancer at the Medical School.’


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In the New Testament there is a parable of the Wedding Banquet(Matt22.1-14). The wedding banquet for the king’s son was open to all. But one guest despite of being provided with the wedding clothes could not be counted among those who assembled or partake the joy offered. When I think of China’s achievements I see how apt this parable is. China has emerged from bamboo curtain for what? China has great pretensions to play on the world stage. In order to be counted a major player it is ready to sacrifice everything in terms of people,morality and many qualities that make the joy of being humans. The authoritaian regime wants opposition silenced and dissidents jailed. China may stand in the international forum and preen like a peacock. Little does the silly bird know that he is devoid of all human values and looks naked, like the wedding guest who must be thrown out from the general merriment.
*Liu Xiaobo is serving a 11 year jail sentence and his wife is put under house arrest for what?  Then there are dissidents who are put away to rot in jail and only what is freely circulated are their shoddy goods, tainted milk and cough syrups that kill the innocents at home and abroad.

*Liu Xiaobo (1955-2017) was a Chinese literary critic, writer, poet, anti-communist, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who called for political reforms and was involved in campaigns to end Communist single-party rule. Wikipedia

(Modified on Oct.4, 2017)

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