Live Not by Lies: A Tool to Resist Becoming a Tool
In the original 1974 underground publication titled “Live Not by Lies,” the great anti-totalitarian dissident Alexandre Solzhenitsyn prophetically stated:
We are approaching the brink; already a universal spiritual demise is upon us; a physical one is about to flare up and engulf us and our children, while we continue to smile sheepishly and babble: “But what can we do to stop it? We haven’t the strength.”
Does this not ring all the more true in our day? He goes on to name the very problem that besets us today:
We have so hopelessly ceded our humanity that for the modest handouts of today we are ready to surrender up all principles, our soul, all the labors of our ancestors, all the prospects of our descendants—anything to avoid disrupting our meager existence.
We have lost our strength, our pride, our passion. We do not even fear a common nuclear death, do not fear a third world war (perhaps we’ll hide away in some crevice), but fear only to take a civic stance! We hope only not to stray from the herd, not to set out on our own, and risk suddenly having to make do without the comforts of a middle class life…
"Let them not live through me!"
But it will never come unstuck by itself, if we all, every day, continue to acknowledge, glorify, and strengthen it, if we do not, at the least, recoil from its most vulnerable point—from lies. And therein we find, neglected by us, the simplest, the most accessible key to our liberation: a personal non-participation in lies!
Even if all is covered by lies, even if all is under their rule, let us resist in the smallest way: Let their rule hold not through me!
But we must become strong ahead of time.
Now, this is all well and good, but in order to have the strength to hold fast to the truth when push comes to shove (as for many it already has, and for the rest it will come sooner than we wish it), we need to be in the practice of rejecting lies and living in the truth throughout the course of our day-to-day lives. And that is why we have this journal.
So now, with this journal—this precious tool to resist tyranny—in hand and the truth in your mind and heart, resist the darkness and Live Not By Lies.
Simple daily practices to consistently and effectively resist totalitarianism
Based on the practices of the great witnesses against totalitarianism of the last century, this journal guides you each day through practical exercises to resist the lies and propaganda that daily encroach on our lives and threaten to blot out the truth about reality, human dignity, and our divine calling.
Each day you will find herein the opportunity to write about your journey in seeking for, and living in, the truth. This journal will guide you through the opportunity to record the beauty of the truth you see in the world around you, to document the challenges you face each day in living for the sake of truth, and to identify and write down the truth each day so that it cannot be erased or forgotten.
All this can be accomplished in just five minutes a day—time that is sacred, time that is just yours, free from coercion, free from the lies, to simply live in and speak boldly the Truth.
This book has one simple purpose: to be a tool for you to free your mind and heart from the system of lies and soft totalitarianism that day by day exerts greater and greater influence in our lives.
This journal is a must-have tool—the like of which preserved the spiritual freedom and sanity of a number of heroic witnesses of truth of the last century even in their darkest hours—in your quest to live not by lies and resist the soft totalitarianism that threatens to blot out the truth about reality, human dignity, and our divine calling. Each day you will find herein the opportunity to write about your journey in seeking for, and living in, the truth. This journal will guide you through the opportunity to record the beauty of the truth you see in the world around you, to document the challenges you face each day in living for the sake of truth, and to identify and write down the truth each day so that it cannot be erased or forgotten.
Check out the Live Not By Lies Journal today.