Tolstoi: The Effects of the Influence We Grant to Society

In a previous post, I discussed some of Leo Tolstoi’s thoughts on government and human nature based on his book The Kingdom of God is Within You. That book led me to read a novelization of those concepts in Resurrection. This novel will pull you in quickly, and then punch you between the eyes with stories and logic that must be considered.

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The prophet Isaiah was another critic and idealist, and was so popular among the elite in his time that rumor has it that he met death by being “sawn asunder.”

Chapter 1, verse 23 I think has much applicability to politics of our day:

“Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts and followeth after rewards; they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.”

(Judge not in this chapter seems to mean not giving equity before the law).

Does this describe our current and past Congress? Unfortunately it describes the weak nature of almost all men who have a little authority.

Stay tuned for more philosophical and political idealism from Isaiah.