“I refer to the Western view of the world…This new way of thinking, which has imposed on us its guidance, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man nor did it see any higher task than the attainment of happiness on earth. It based modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend to worship man and material needs….We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life.”–Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “Commencement Address”, Harvard Universtiy Gazette, June 8, 1978.