Czeslaw Milosz

“The decision to refuse all complicity with the [Communist] East – is this enough to satisfy one’s conscience? I do not think so. I have won my freedom; but let me not forget that I stand in daily risk of losing it once more. For in the West also one experiences the pressure to conform – to conform, that is, with a system which is the opposite of the one I have escaped from. The difference is that in the West one may resist such pressure without being held guilty of a mortal sin.”

– Excerpt from The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz

You can read more about Milosz here. I’m doing some catchup on his prose, having only skimmed his poetry in the past.


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