An Old Parable Revisited

A look into Fyodor Dostoevsky’s famous parable

ReThinking Thinking

“I love humanity, but I wonder at myself. The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular. In my dreams, I often come to making enthusiastic schemes for the service of humanity… And yet I am incapable of living in the same room with anyone for two days… One because he’s too long over his dinner; another because he has a cold and keeps blowing his nose. I become hostile to people the moment they come close to me. But it has always happened that the more I detest men individually the more ardent becomes my love for humanity.”

-Fyodor Dostoevsky


In 1880, Fyodor Dostoevsky finished what would be his final and most famous novel, The Brothers Karamazov. While reading the book, two back to back chapters completely reworked how I understood the world (the book has also had profound effects on many others like…

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  1. For what it’s worth – I’m told that, Irrational Irritations that try to stop a person from being able to enjoy the company of others, is an example of Germ-warfare’s Negative (Psychosis) energy spoiling a loving, friendly person’s social life. The good news is – you recognize it – meaning, a Sane mind = With the Help of your SOUL Loving Humanity in general, your loving discerning SPIRIT will be able to conquer alien feelings, like I have.


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