Forty-Five Things I Learned in the Gulag

“30. I discovered that the world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. Ninety-five percent of cowards are capable of the vilest things, lethal things, at the mildest threat…

44. I understood that moving from the condition of a prisoner to the condition of a free man is very difficult, almost impossible without a long period of amortization.”

—Varlam Shalamov. “Forty-Five Things I Learned in the Gulag.” The Paris Review. June 12, 2018.

h/t kottke.org.