Archive for November, 2010

November 26, 2010

Remembering the simple life of Leo Tolstoy

by caroanna

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), famous Russian novelist, died 100 years ago. As with any anniversary (although I don’t like celebrating someone’s death), we remember what made the person important to remember even long after their death.

Leo Tolstoy (source: http://www.guardian.co.uk)

I’d like to remember Tolstoy for embracing the simple life. Although, or because, he saw the world as it is, he wanted to make it better. He was a realist with idealist ambitions, just like I consider myself to be. That’s why Tolstoy is dear to me.

 

 

 

 

“The aim of an artist is not to solve a problem irrefutably, but to make people to love life in all its countless, inexhaustible manifestations.”

– Leo Tolstoy

He advocated universal love and appreciation for life exactly as it is, but at the same time changing what could be better. He was a pacifist and preferred to live in poverty. I’m not advocating the life of poverty as extreme as Tolstoy did, but learning to be more content with less gives life more meaning than any stuff or wealth you can have.