who is evil?
by Andrea Elizabeth
So after he tells about the atrocities of the state, he tells about his own cold-heartedness before his arrest.
That is what shoulder boards do to a human being. And where have all the exhortations of grandmother, standing before an ikon, gone! And where the young Pioneer’s daydreams of future sacred Equality! (The Gulag Archipelago, p. 164)
If only it were all 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. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? (p. 168)
But Solzhenitsyn had rejected NKVD training because it made his heart sick. There seems a difference, but what do I know?