The Old Fyodor

I just read an excerpt from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes From the Underground from where I read one of the most interesting quote this week:

“Now you, for instance, want to cure men of their old habits and reform their will in accordance with science and  common sense.  But how do you know, not only that is possible, but also that it is desirable, to reform that way?  And what leads you to the conclusion that it is so necessary to reform man’s desires?”

– Notes From the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

And I come to ask myself, Why did Fyodor Dostoyevsky believe that people will act in opposition to their own interest? I think that it is inevitable for men to stay logical and empirical all the time.  There will come a time when men would have to submit to the desires of their wills and impulses.  And even instincts too.  Because if a Man will adhere only to the objective truths and universal principles that would make him a rationalist, positivist, liberal or socialist, then he is not a human being – he is a creature devoid of human capacity for subjectivity: he is an automaton.

And so Dostoyevsky is right when he said that “the whole work of man seems really to consist in nothing but proving to to himself continually that he is a man and not an organ stop.”

Tomorrow, I will read Nietzsche.  Just excerpts from three of his famous work, “The Birth of Tragedy,” “The Will to Power” and “The Antichrist.”  Controversial guy.

On the lighter note, follow @dostoyevsky and @nietszche on Twitter.

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