The Pursuit of Happiness in an unhappy world Part 2


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  • Illustration: Leon and I with the push car and the rope.
  • Holocaust poetry. A pale starving Torah scholar singing a verse from Psalm 37 "Just a little longer and there will be no wicked one, Just a little longer … he'll be gone"(From: IDEOLOGICAL FANATICISM AND ITS TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES AUTHOR: Hayrettin Gülecyüz (Former Senior Editor of Radio Liberty, Tatar- Bashkir Language Service)ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Mehmet FatihGülecyüzThe date is the middle of August, 1929. The weather is very hot and sunny. The incident takes place in a vast and deserted area in the Soviet Union where the big Open-Air Congress of the Soviet Communist Party is to be held. The delegates from all of the regions of the Soviet Union wait for the party*s chief comrade Josef Vissarionovich Stalin to give them a lesson about socialism.Finally at noon, comrade Stalin arrives and begins his lesson. He begins: “Very honoured comrades, now I will teach you what socialism is and how you must govern the people.” Then Stalin orders to a man beside him: „Bring me a live chicken. Fast! “The man immediately brings Stalin a chicken which was kept thirsty and famished. Then Stalin starts plucking hand full of feathers while the chicken squawks and flutters in pain until completely bald and bleeding. Stalin releases the chicken. The poor creature meanders under the glistening sun for minutes in search of shade until it finds cooling spot under the vast shadow of Stalin and his greatcoat. Under the shadow of the man who ruthlessly pulled out every single feather of its body. Now, where Stalin goes, the poor chicken follows him. Some minutes pass until the chicken faints of thirst and collapses to the ground.Stalin orders to the man beside him:„Bring me a cup of water, immediately! “The man brings Stalin a cup of water and offers it to the thirsty chicken. The chicken drinks the water and slowly rises to its feet and it starts to run around again. Then some minutes pass again. This time the chicken is hungry because it hasn’t eaten anything for five hours. This time Stalin orders to the man beside him again: „Bring me some wheat! “The man brings Stalin immediately some wheat. Stalin offers the wheat with his hands to the chicken and the chicken eats them with big appetite.Stalin speaks to his delegates:“Do you understand what I am trying to point out? What does this signify?”Nobody answers of the delegates. Then Stalin explains his actions:“The chicken here stands for the people of the Soviet Union. The feathers of the chicken represent the belongings and goods of the people. In the Soviet Union we must first find socialism, then communism. As you all know, all people must be equal in our society. We cannot permit some people to be rich and others to be poor in our land. The first step to equality is to confiscate all the belongings and goods of our people and then to monopolise them. Our first party chief comrade Vladimir Ilyich Lenin has done a lot of this in our country. He began confiscating the homes and the industry in our land, but due to his early death, the monopolisation could not be completed. Now we must continue his work. We must monopolise the whole agriculture of the Soviet Union! This represents the last few of feathers of the chicken. With this action, we will have another advantage: to make our people become obedient to our orders. Weaken them by taking their belongings and making them dependent on us. With the monopolisation of agriculture, all the forces will be in our hands. We will be the only one to nourish them and without our help, they’ll starve.Now all of you, very honoured comrades, go back to your native countries and confiscate the remainder of the goods from your people. Deport all the landlords to Siberia where they all shall work to death. If they shall resist your orders, you kill them all!”All the delegates go back in their native country and carry out Stalin's orders. That is “compulsive collectivisation”, the seizure of all belongings and goods of the people by force, especially in the agricultural area.During the collectivisation, at least 4 million people were either killed or were deported to Siberia. After the collectivisation the kolkhozes and sovkhozes were founded in the Soviet Union. The kolkhozes are huge collective agricultural areas belonging to the municipal governments and the sovkhozes, belonging to the central government.The compulsive collectivisation has made the agriculture of the Soviet Union unproductive. The agricultural production has decreased from year to year. Even in the first and second year of the collectivisation, a big famine has spread across in the Soviet Union. At that time, the population in the Ukraine sank to approximately 5-7 million and in Kazakhstan around 1, 5 million due to hunger.There were a lot of reasons for the famine. First, the Soviet government had confiscated all agricultural products. Second, the new owners of the arable lands were unqualified in agriculture. Third, the state monopolisation of all the belongings of the people had made them “the slaves of the government “.After this measure nobody worked voluntarily, but under the compulsion of the Soviet government. Of course, this has reduced the agricultural production very much.Before the October Revolution, the Ukraine was the granary not only to Russia but also for large parts of Europe. After the compulsive collectivisation, the Ukraine itself became a land of hungry people.Before the compulsive collectivisation the people of Kazakhstan were mostly nomads. They were especially sheep breeders and were dependent on the meat, milk and milk products. During of the collectivisation the sheep of the Kazakhs were also confiscated by the Soviet government and these nomads forced to live in the cities or villages. This leads to the death of at least 1, 5 million Kazakhs due to hunger. During the Famine of 1921/1922, 1931-1933 and the mass repression from 1937-1938, the population of Kazakhstan decreased by approximately 3 million. Over 400.000 ethnic Kazakhs were forced to leave their country. They emigrated to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Mongolia and China. While millions of people were fighting against starvation in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, Stalin sold 1, 7 million tons of grain and hundred thousand tons of sheep meat which he confiscated from those countries, to the Western markets earning large amounts of money. He spent this income on the military industry and for the production of weapons. Thus the Soviet industry was built on the lives of millions of innocent people. The compulsive collectivisation was the cause of at least 12 million deaths in the Soviet Union.After the Soviet Union, the compulsive collectivisation was also executed in other countries of the Warsaw Pact and in China. But the result was always same. Millions of people in these countries died of hunger. The main cause of these deaths was the ideological fanaticism. The humanity has suffered from the fanaticism (for example, political, ideological, racist or religious fanaticism) a lot. The Ukranian population refers to these deaths by Stalin against Humanity and the Ukranian people as “holodomor” and emphasizes that these terrible actions shall not be forgotten and repeated.*This article was a speech in Kolping Academy – Munich, Germany, November 2007
  • Photo 1:Photograph of Ernst Kaltenbrunner at Nuremberg the highest-ranking SS leader to face trial at the first Nuremberg Trials. He was head of the RSHA whose stated duty was to fight all "enemies of the Reich" inside and outside the borders of Nazi Germany, the Sipo as part of the RSHA were responsible for rounding up Jews, Romani People and other people deemed to be enemies of the Reich and deporting them to the concentration and extermination camps in German Occupied Poland and Ukraine.Photo 2: Hermann Göring and Rudolf Hess during the Nuremberg trials.By mid-1940, Göring was at the peak of his power and influence. Adolf Hitler had promoted him to the rank of Reichsmarschall, making Göring senior to all other Wehrmacht commanders, and in 1941 Hitler designated him as his successor and deputy in all his offices. By 1942, with the German war effort stumbling on both fronts, Göring's standing with Hitler was very greatly reduced. Göring largely withdrew from the military and political scene to enjoy the pleasures of life as a wealthy and powerful man. After World War II, Göring was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials. He was sentenced to death by hanging, but committed suicide by cyanide ingestion the night before he was due to be hanged.Hess was a prominent Nazi politician who was Adolf Hitler's deputy in the Nazi Party during the 1930s and early 1940s. On the eve of war with the Soviet Union, he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom, but was arrested and became a prisoner of war. Hess was tried at Nuremberg and sentenced to life imprisonment, which he served at Spandau Prison, Berlin, where he died in 1987.
  • To dwell is to take up permanent residence, to be in it for the long haul. Goodness and righteousness is to dwell forever. This dwelling however is not an overnight shooting up but like planting seed that over time produces a harvest. Mark 4 The parable of the sower, the parable of the man who scattered seed day and night, the parable of the mustard seed. Faithfulness = Steadfastness, dependability, sureness, firmness.
  • Illustration: Leon and I with the push car and the rope.
  • The Pursuit of Happiness in an unhappy world Part 2

    1. 1. #2 Evil Schemes <br />but Good Prospers<br />
    2. 2. Psa37:1-3 NASB <br />A Psalm of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers. 2 For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.<br />
    3. 3. Envy and Fret<br />Evildoers<br />Evil World<br />Evil Advantage<br />
    4. 4. Fading Fast<br />Fly by Night<br />Forever less<br />Psa 92:7 NASB That when the wicked sprouted up like grass And all who did iniquity flourished, It was only that they might be destroyed forevermore.<br />Faders<br />Jas 1:11 NASB For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.<br />
    5. 5. Continuing and Cultivating <br />3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.<br />Set up and Stay<br />Seed<br />Mar 4:31-32 NLT It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, 32 but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade."<br />Steadfastness<br />
    6. 6. Psa15:1-5 NLT <br />A psalm of David. Who may worship in Your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter Your presence on Your holy hill? 2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. 3 Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbours or speak evil of their friends. 4 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honour the faithful followers of the LORD, and keep their promises even when it hurts. 5 Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.<br />
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    8. 8. Heading<br />