“From the Life of the Deceased Monk and Priest,” The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The isolation that you find everywhere, particularly in our age… won’t come to an end right now, because the time has not yet come. Today everyone asserts his own personality and strives to live life as an individual. But these efforts lead not to a full life but to suicide, because, instead of realizing his personality, man only slips into total isolation. For in our age mankind has been broken up into self-contained individuals, each of whom retreats into his lair, trying to stay away from the rest, hiding himself and his belongings from the rest of mankind, and finally isolating himself from people and people from him. And, while he accumulates material wealth in his isolation, he things with satisfaction how mighty and secure he has become, because he is mad and cannot see that the more goods he accumulates, the deeper he sinks into suicidal impotence. The reason for this is that he has become accustomed to relying only on himself; he has split off from the whole and become and isolated unit; he has trained his soul not to rely on human help, not to believe in men and mankind, and only to worry that the wealth and priviledges he has accumulated may get lost. Everywhere men today are turning scornfully away from the truth that security of the individual cannot be achieved by his isolated efforts but only by mankind as a whole.

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