Monday, March 12, 2012

Lesson from Dostoyevsky

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote a psychologically powerful novel entitled "The Idiot." In it, he writes about a prince named Myshkin. As the story progresses, we discover prince Myshkin's childlike honesty and vulnerability in the midst of a society full of deceit and selfishness. He simply chooses to open himself up in a hard world, no matter the cost. Such then makes prince Myshkin  personally powerful and redemptive in the lives of those he meets.

I see this as a paradox of personal growth. The honesty and vulnerability make self awareness, healing, and wholeness truly possible. This kind of vulnerability, of "letting go," could even be a requirement to understand and help others find themselves. In a sense, you need to choose to be called an "idiot" if that's the price of such honesty and vulnerability to reach personal growth and redemption for others.

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