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Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. Not respecting anyone, he ceases to love, and having no love, he gives himself up to passions and coarse pleasures, in order to occupy and amuse himself, and in his vices reaches complete beastiality, and it all comes from lying continually to others and to himself. A man who lies to himself is often the first to take offense. It sometimes feels very good to take offense, doesn't it? And surely he knows that no one has offended him, and that he himself has invented the offense and told lies just for the beauty of it, that he has exaggerated for the sake of effect, that he has picked on a word and made a mountain out of a pea- he knows all of that, and still he is the first to take offense, he likes feeling offended, it gives him great pleasure, and thus he reaches the point of real hostility... Do get up from your knees and sit down, I beg you, these posturings are false, too. - The Brothers Karamazov



I read this a year ago and still think on it often, June 8, 1998
Reviewer: ams2@keene.edu from Bangor, Maine, USA
Dostoevsky is claiming an atheist world can not function - that the godless people who inhabit the earth are without values and morrals (they are the "Possessed" individuals) I don't agree with much what he has to say but I was fascinated by his point of view. His book and particularly the character Kirilov are heavily mentioned in the essay by Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, which argues the opposite claim. The Possessed is long but worth reading - studded with useful aphorisms.


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Henry Miller: Dostoievsky had virtually to create God-- and what a Herculean task that was! Dostoievsky rose from the depths and, reaching the summit, retained something of the depths about him still. Twentieth-century writer and philosopher Albert Camus examined what he considered the tragic inability of human beings to understand and transcend their intolerable conditions. In his work Camus presented an absurd and seemingly unreasonable world in which some people futilely struggle to find meaning and rationality while others simply refuse to care. For example, the main character of The Stranger (1942) kills a man on a beach for no reason and accepts his arrest and punishment with dispassion. In contrast, in The Plague (1947), Camus introduces characters who act with courage in the face of absurdity.
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Max Stirner's (1806-1856) attacks on systematic philosophy, his denial of absolutes, and his rejection of abstract concepts of any kind often places him among the first philosophical nihilists. For Stirner, achieving individual freedom is the only law; and the state, which necessarily imperils freedom, must be destroyed. Even beyond the oppression of the state, though, are the constraints imposed by others because their very existence is an obstacle compromising individual freedom. Thus Stirner argues that existence is an endless "war of each against all" (The Ego and its Own, trans. 1907). [ nihilism ]

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"There is only one place on earth which can be called the house of Islam, and it is that place where an Islamic state is established and the Sharia'ah [Koranic law] is the authority and God's laws are observed. . . . The rest of the world is the house of war." ("Dostoevsky in Manhatten")

'Raban cites an exhortation of the Muslim Brotherhood's Hassan-al-Banna to "prepare for jihad and be lovers of death" (31) and ascribes "death's erotic allure" to the "Koran's worldly and sensual depiction of the hereafter," in a politically incorrect way that is bound to stir the ire of devout Muslims.' *

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