When revolution came to Russia and people were displaced from their homes and the life of which they were familiar, revolutionaries believed that the private life was dead. Only what the Communistic State dictated would be the real life.
If you have not seen recently the movie, Dr. Zhivago, it may be a good time to watch it again and remember what life was truly like in that period of history. Russia was in turmoil; families devastated; mob rule and anarchy prevailed; starvation came to many. All were a part of this brutal time.
The signs of pending disaster were there, but most paid no attention until it was too late. Hatred for those with affluence and the ruling family of Russia ran deep. Czar Nicolas II was the last Czar of Russia when he and his family were executed by the Russian Bolsheviks.
Not until this “workers paradise” fell apart did the world see what this false world view had produced. It was easy to be deceived.
Today North Korea, which adopted the Communist and Socialist philosophy, can hardly feed its people. When viewed at night from space, their country looks almost dark compared to S. Korea. Electricity is a luxury.
Proponents of Communist thought, the Cuban revolutionaries and dictators brought oppression to its people. This has kept them in poverty and want for decades. Hundreds risked their lives in boats to flee to the United States. Only now, with the hope of something better, do the Cubans believe that their “private lives may not be dead.” The N. Koreans have less hope.
Dr. Zhivago is not only about two people thrown together by war, but one of historic relevance. Freedom is a word used liberally, but the truth of freedom of choice is not fully understood until it is no longer a part of one’s life. Under democracy, leaders can be voted in or out. How this effects your private life is more important than can be imagined.
No, our freedoms nor our private lives are not dead. We must not let them die. In every society, there are those whose goals are to take them away. History has proven that Russia and Germany did not heed this warning. We should be keeping this in mind for the New Year, 2016.