By Leo Tolstoy
A range of non secular writings by means of nineteenth-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, together with the name choice that files his 1879 non secular challenge in which he made up our minds he had entire not anything of lasting price in his lifetime; observed by way 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 identify choice that records his 1879 religious quandary within which he made up our minds he had comprehensive not anything of lasting worth in his lifetime; observed by way of an creation and explanatory notes
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I think a great many people must have experienced something similar. I longed with all my soul to be good, but I was young; I had passions and I was alone, completely alone in my search for goodness. Every time I tried to display my innermost desires – a wish to be morally good – I met with contempt and scorn, and as soon as I gave in to base desires I was praised and encouraged. Ambition, lust for power, self-interest, lechery, pride, anger, revenge, were all respected qualities. As I yielded to these passions I became like my elders and I felt that they were pleased with me.
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.
4 He was an intelligent, kind-hearted, serious man who became ill when he was young, suffered for over a year and died in torment without having understood why he had lived, and still less why he was dying. No theories could provide the answers to these questions, either for him or for me, during his slow and tortuous death. But these were only rare instances of doubt and in truth I continued to live, professing faith only in progress. ’ This is how I would have formulated my belief at the time.
A confession and other religious writings by Leo Tolstoy