Solzhenitsyn's Harvard Address
Read it for the sake of the perspective, not for beliefs. I just found it interesting (had to read it for class) and thought I would share. It discusses some interesting views of things such as moral decline in America. The author was exiled from Russia. I also find interesting the fact that the students that came were expecting him to be "omg, America is so wonderful!" instead of
"But should someone ask me whether I would indicate the West such as it is today as a model to my country, frankly I would have to answer negatively. No, I could not recommend your society in its present state as an ideal for the transformation of ours. Through intense suffering our country has now achieved a spiritual development of such intensity that the Western system in its present state of spiritual exhaustion does not look attractive. Even those characteristics of your life which I have just mentioned are extremely saddening."
But it should be noted (for those who HAVEN'T read it but are trying to just make a response to the above quote) that he doesn't think his country is any better. He seems more hopeful of American Society, causing him to be frank. I admit it's idealistic, but I have no room to talk. I am just another idealist crammed into a sensate culture.