A friend of mine shared this evocative quotation with me spoken by the protagonist in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s novel Cancer Ward:
“Come on, tell us, what are you most afraid of in the world now? Of dying! What are you most afraid of talking about? Of death! And what do we call that? Hypocrisy!”
It may take reading those lines over a few of times in order to be startled by them.
At first glance, there seems to be no contradiction between being terribly afraid of something AND not talking about it.
But then there is an indictment, a rebuke – this is “Hypocrisy!”
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