August 1, 2008

LAWS OF LOVE AND VIOLENCE

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:44 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

THE LAW OF LOVE AND THE LAW OF VIOLENCE

‘And fear not them that kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul, but fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell’ (Matt., 10, 28

‘Because of the perversion of the Christian way of life, the Christians have become worse than the pagans.’

‘The reform of evil that exists in life must begin wit a denunciation of the religious lie and the establishing of religious truth within each individual person.’

‘The suffering involved in an irrational life leads to the necessity of a rational life.’

None of the wretchedness of either humanity or the individual is useless; for it always humanity, albeit in a roundabout way to the only activity for which man is destined: self perfection.

“It must be apparent to all thinking people of our times, not only to the Russian people but to all the Christian nations of the world that with the continually increasing hardship of the poor and luxuriant living of the rich, with the struggle of all against all, revolutionaries against governments, governments against revolutionaries, enslaved nationalities against their oppressors, struggles between States, between East and West, together with the progressive development of armaments devouring the strength of the people with its refinement and depravity, this sort of life cannot continue, and if the life of the Christian people does not change, it will inevitably become ever more wretched.”  — Leo Tolstoy

Count Nikolaevitch Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) was born in the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana in the Tula province. He read Oriental languages and later Law but left before completing a degree. The following years was largely spent in the pursuit of pleasures, wine women and cards. Weary of his idle life, he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucacus in 1852. The following year his first novel, Childhood, brought him instant acclaim. After leaving the army in 1856, he involved himself in the running of peasant schools and the emancipation of the serfs.

Tolstoy wrote two great novels: “War and Peace” in 1865 and “Anna Kareninain 1877. During the seventies he underwent a spiritual crisis, the moral and religious ideas that always dogged him coming to the fore… A confession, written in 1879, pointed to a watershed in both his personal and literary life. His teachings earned him numerous followers at home and abroad as well as much opposition. In an attempt to silence him and discredit his revolutionary ideas, The Russian Holy Synod excommunicated him in 1901. He died in 1910 in a dramatic flight from home, at a small railway station at Astopovo.

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2 Comments »

  1. ron siojo said,

    sir,

    good day!
    your site has all the thoughts that whoever open and read it can be
    inspired and even can upgrade one’s existence.

    best regards,
    ron

  2. Ron, many thanks for your response. It has helped to make my day and to feel encouraged and inspired. Keep visiting and let me hear from you again.

    Thanks again,

    Randall.


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