Humanism?

“If humanism were right in declaring that man is born only to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature. It cannot be unrestrained enjoyment of everyday life. It cannot be the search for the best ways to obtain material goods and then cheerfully get the most of them. It has to be the fulfillment of a permanent, earnest duty so that one’s life journey may become an experience of moral growth, so that one may leave life a better human being than one started it. It is imperative to review the table of widespread human values. Its present incorrectness is astounding. It is not possible that assessment of the President’s performance be reduced to the question how much money one makes or of unlimited availability of gasoline. Only voluntary, inspired self-restraint can raise man above the world stream of materialism.” ~

Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 Harvard Address. Solzhenitsyn was a Russian writer and intellectual, imprisoned in the Siberian Gulag’s of the Soviet Union, then exiled to the west. His entire speech is here:

https://americanrhetoric.com/speeches/alexandersolzhenitsynharvard.htm?fbclid=IwAR0HdNacLT6VzrY0qjp01q5K0_kVfHsQNKC4-bo_-WzMp8XyrppK8dCmros

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Life sciences executive, retired
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