‘God Sees The Truth, But Waits’ and ‘Diary of a Lunatic’ by Leo Tolstoy

(Tid bit: “God Sees The Truth, But Waits” is the story that inspired Stephen King to write Shawshank Redemption!)

Tolstoy was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the only nominee to ask to have his name removed from the list of nominees.

In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening.

Tolstoy believed that a true Christian could find lasting happiness by striving for inner self-perfection through following the Great Commandment of loving one’s neighbor and God, rather than looking outward to the Church or state for guidance. His belief in nonresistance when faced by conflict is another distinct attribute of his philosophy based on Christ’s teachings. By directly influencing Mahatma Gandhi, Tolstoy’s profound influence on the nonviolent resistance movement reverberates to this day. He believed that the aristocracy were a burden on the poor, and that the only solution to how we live together is through anarchism. Enjoy!

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