Solzhenitsyn is the voice of conscience. Without condescension, but firmly and forthrightly, he applies his immense powers of perception and dramatic expression to challenge people everywhere to anticipate the consequences of their acts and accept responsibility for those consequences. His message is particularly poignant in our era when the distinction between right and wrong has been twisted and obscured by passion, avarice, cynicism and scorn.
I wonder how many asked. I wonder how many have given any thought to the price that must be paid, the burdens to be borne, the hardships to be met if the survival and success of liberty are to be assured.