Sunday, December 30, 2012
Immature Idealists are a Big Problem
In describing the underlying motivations of the young, radical” in The Devils, Dostoevsky said:
“He’s a kind, well-meaning boy, and awfully sensitive…But let me tell you, the whole trouble stems from immaturity and sentimentality! It’s not the practical aspects of socialism that fascinate him, but its emotional appeal – its idealism –what we may call its mystical, religious aspect – its romanticism…and on top of that, he just parrots other people.”
There is no creature more dangerous to civilization than the “idealist”.