Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

If you have not revisted it...

...for a few years, I remand you to

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
at Harvard Class Day Afternoon Exercises,
Thursday, June 8, 1978

Because instant and credible information has to be given, it becomes necessary to resort to guesswork, rumors and suppositions to fill in the voids, and none of them will ever be rectified, they will stay on in the readers' memory. How many hasty, immature, superficial and misleading judgments are expressed every day, confusing readers, without any verification. The press can both simulate public opinion and miseducate it. Thus we may see terrorists heroized, or secret matters, pertaining to one's nation's defense, publicly revealed, or we may witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the slogan: "everyone is entitled to know everything." But this is a false slogan, characteristic of a false era: people also have the right not to know, and it is a much more valuable one. The right not to have their divine souls stuffed with gossip, nonsense, vain talk. A person who works and leads a meaningful life does not need this excessive burdening flow of information.


At Wed Jun 28, 04:19:00 PM, Blogger J C said...

I went to Modesto Junior College on the GI bill in 1970 and, in speech class, I wrote and gave a speech that said basically what you say here. My line was, "There is too much news floating around and a person shouldn't feel compelled to listen to or read all or any of it." I about got whipped by most of the students in the class. They accused me of wanting to keep people in the dark and said I was un-American but my instructor, although he, too, disagreed with me, gave me a good grade on the speech and presentation.


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