Monday, February 13, 2012

Dostoevsky Vs. Nietzsche

An interesting quote from Fyodr Dostoevsky:

"Evil is hidden much deeper in man than is supposed by the socialist machine men and cannot be avoided whatever the organisation of society."

I've been trying to read current philosophy-- trying also to understand it, though much of it is gasbag doubletalk. The problem with philosophers is that their ideas float in bubbles without context or consequences.

Unlike Nietzsche, Dostoevsky "tested" ideas in his novels. It's remarkable how prophetic his books were. They foretold the crimes and monsters of the 20th century. Nietzsche, by contrast, wasn't able to envision the result of "killing" God-- the nihilistic wars that he in part unintentionally caused.

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