By Leo Tolstoy
A variety of spiritual writings through nineteenth-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, together with the name choice that files his 1879 religious predicament in which he determined he had finished not anything of lasting price in his lifetime; followed by means of an creation and explanatory notes.
summary: a variety of non secular writings by means of nineteenth-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, together with the name choice that files his 1879 religious obstacle within which he made up our minds he had complete not anything of lasting worth in his lifetime; followed through an advent and explanatory notes
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But strange to say, even though the utter falsehood of this creed was something I came quickly to understand and to reject, I did not discard the rank these people bestowed on me: that of artist, poet and teacher. I naïvely imagined that I was a poet and an artist, and could teach everybody without myself knowing what I was teaching. And this is what I did. Through my association with these men I acquired a new vice: an unhealthily developed pride, and an insane conviction that it was my vocation to teach people without knowing what I was teaching.
It was all quite dreadful. And so, in order to escape from this horror, I wanted to kill myself. I felt a horror of what lay ahead of me and knew that this horror was worse than my present position, but I could neither drive it away nor patiently await the end. However convincing the argument that said a blood vessel of the heart would collapse anyway, or that something would burst and it would all be over, I could not wait for the end with composure. The horror of the darkness was too great and I wanted to escape from it as quickly as possible by means of a rope or a bullet.
Like Marxism, the logical conclusion to Tolstoy’s body of thought is a classless, stateless society, and as such they are both true products of nineteenth-century liberal thought. But Tolstoy’s views and his diagnosis and remedy for the world present almost the opposite side of the Marxist coin. Tolstoy’s approach is spiritual, anti-materialist, based on universal truths of love, non-violence and moral perfection, and he believed that there is an eternal and absolute to which the temporal and relative are subject to judgement.