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Forum Post: Here's what one of the most acclaimed writers in history said about the 1%. . .

Posted 8 years ago on March 30, 2012, 5:38 p.m. EST by therising (6643)
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Dostoevsky wrote the following about the 1% in the Brothers Karamazov (remarkably relevant today -- let's keep the great idea alive!):

"Today, everyone asserts his own personality and strives to live a full life as an individual. But these efforts lead not to a full life but to suicide, because instead of realizing his personality, man only slips into total isolation. For in our age, man has been broken up into self-contained individuals, each of whom retreats into his lair, trying to stay away from the rest, hiding himself and his belongings from the rest of mankind, and finally isolating himself from people and people from him.

And while he accumulates material wealth in his isolation, he thinks with satisfaction how mighty and secure he has become, because he is mad and cannot see that the more goods he accumulates, the deeper he sinks into suicidal impotence. The reason for this is that he has become accustomed to relying only on himself; he has split off from the whole and become an isolated unit; he has trained his soul not to rely on human help, not to believe in man and mankind, and only to worry that the wealth and privileges he has accumulated may get lost.

Everywhere men today are turning scornfully away from the truth that the security of the individual cannot be achieved by his isolated efforts but only by mankind as a whole.

BUT AN END to this fearful isolation is bound to come and all men will understand how unnatural it was for them to have isolated themselves from one another. This will be the spirit of the new era and people will look in amazement at the past when they sat in darkness and refused to see the light. . . . . . Until that day, we must keep hope alive, and now and then a man must set an example, even if only an isolated one, by trying to lift his soul out of its isolation and offering it up in an act of brotherly communion, even if he is taken for one of God's fools.

This is necessary to keep the great idea alive."



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[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (8708) 8 years ago

Yes, humanity existing only in exclusively self-serving interests, is really living in a hell of it's own creation.

[-] 3 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 8 years ago

Excellent post. How many neighbors do we not even know their first names?

[-] 2 points by PublicCurrency (1387) 8 years ago

Man will only find rest in God . . .

[-] 1 points by BoycottCoke (275) 8 years ago

Amen! Anything else comes and goes...

[-] 1 points by PublicCurrency (1387) 8 years ago

Amen ! The problems we face are insurmountable without God !

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isa 9:7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.


[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 8 years ago

Great post, therising!

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Dostoevsky said it so long ago but it's still so dn true.

[-] 1 points by MaryS (678) 8 years ago

I hope you don't mind me posting this here, therising. I was looking for a spot and it seems to kind of fit. Saw this for the first time today "I AM, the movie" by Tom Shadyac. Pretty good... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMj9N5Io0ts

[-] 1 points by Phanya2011 (908) from Tucson, AZ 8 years ago

Everything insightful about human behavior that has been said, no matter how long ago, remains relevant; it would appear we do not learn in our spirit what our intellect continues to recognize. My mother lived in virtual squalor, a hermit, isolated, with a "worth" of approximately $1 million. Fortunately, through an actual, honest to god miracle, she died really knowing that she herself had value far beyond any money she had accumulated.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

Another testament of - no matter how much things change everything still remains the same.

Humanity and interaction is living. Solitary pursuit of possessions a dead end.

[-] 1 points by rbe (687) 8 years ago

Brothers Karamazov is my favorite novel!

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8708) 8 years ago

Agreed, greatest novel ever written.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8231) from Phoenix, AZ 8 years ago

Many have spoken about how our possessions, possess us.