Friday, June 24, 2011


Tolstoy inspired Gandhi, Gandhi inspired Martin Luther King. So Tolstoy is the Original Baby Gangster Pacifist.

But reading Tolstoy's wikipedia entry did little to inspire me. One other aspect of Tolstoy is his extreme advocacy of celibacy.

This isn't to say that celibacy doesn't have a certain charm. But it gets close to a Schopenhauerian view of the world that we'd be better off if life never existed, if no children were ever born. What does Tolstoy say about procreation? I don't know, will read more.

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