By Leo Tolstoy
A range of spiritual writings through nineteenth-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, together with the identify choice that records his 1879 non secular situation within which he made up our minds he had comprehensive not anything of lasting price in his lifetime; followed through an advent and explanatory notes.
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Failing to notice that we knew nothing, that we did not know the answer to the most basic question of life – what is good and what is evil – we all spoke at the same time, never listening to one another. At times we indulged and praised each other in order to be indulged and praised in return, at other times we grew angry and shrieked at each other, just as if we were in a madhouse. Thousands of workers toiled day and night, assembling millions and millions of words, which were distributed by post over the whole of Russia; and we taught and taught, but never managed to impart all that we had to teach, and were always annoyed that we were given so little attention.
They argued, quarrelled, deceived and tricked one another. Moreover, there were many among us who were unconcerned as to who was right and who wrong, but who simply achieved their own selfish ends by means of this activity of ours. All this forced me to doubt the truth of the faith. Furthermore, once I had begun to doubt the truth of this writer’s religion I started observing its priests more closely and became convinced that almost all the priests of this faith – the writers – were immoral men, the majority of bad and worthless character and much inferior to the people I had met during my former dissipated military life.
In order to reach the same state of despair that fills me, or in order to be dull-witted! If I love them I cannot conceal the truth from them. Each step taken in knowledge leads them to this truth. And the truth is death. ‘Art, poetry…’ For a long time, under the influence of success and praise from others, I had persuaded myself that this was a thing that could be done, despite the fact of approaching death which obliterates everything: myself, my works and the memory of both. But I quickly realized that this too was a delusion.
A confession and other religious writings by Leo Tolstoy