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Neuroimaging of the seat of suffering
Wir wissen, dass die Trübsal Ausharren bewirkt, das Ausharren aber Bewährung, die Bewährung aber Hoffnung, Hoffnung aber lässt nicht zuschanden werden.
The agony of the human condition
Advice given to a chronic worrier
| Source: ► Article The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People How to succeed at self-sabotage, |
presented by US American AlterNet, Cloe Madanes, 14. November 2013
The Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky (11.11.1821 - 09.02.1881) had a violent alcoholic father. He, an epileptic and a gambler, was an atheistic doubtful subversive revolutionary. During four years of exile with hard labor at a prison camp in Siberia he converted to Christianity and panslawism. His critics deem him to be one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. In the 1920s Hermann Hesse deemed him as a "prophet of the twentieth century".
The main character in Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment (1866) is named Rodion R. Raskolnikov. His psychogram was as follows:
Prior to committing a capital crime Raskolnikov had a prophetic horse dream which foreshadowed the nihilistic downturn of Russia. It was about the death of an innocent creature: A mare was tortured and sacrificed by a group of drunken men who were taken by a violent binge. His seven year old compassionate dream-self tried to help the beaten up horse in vain. The boy was the only one who protested. The adults would not listen to him and pulled him away. Feeling utterly powerless his heart cramped.
The symbolical message of the horse dream was:
Raskolnikov, a hater rather than a lover of his fellow humans, espoused the erroneous theory that humanitarian ends justify evil means. A Napoleon-like morality led him to kill "low life". He murdered a wretched "useless" old moneylender and her witnessing retarded sister to supposedly alleviate the human misery. However, he was unable to steal his victim's money, thereby failing to meet his calculated standards of committing a "perfect murder". His double crime raised pangs of conscience in him. Seized by nightmarish guilt his life became miserable. For days he was shaken by fever. Mildly insane and restlessly driven he turned against his mother.
Finally, Sonja, a faithful prostitute, convinced him to report his crime and accept his sentence, which he did.
In prison, Raskolnikov realized:
Philosopher Vladimir Solovyov on Raskolnikov:
| Sources: |
► Dostojevskij und Zitate (German) Neuemoral.de
► Zitate von Fjodor M. Dostojewski
► Russen in Baden-Baden (German) Badisches Tagblatt, 6. Dezember 2004
|Note: Antidotes to fear [of feared authority figures] are: laughter, singing, acting, whispering, talking to pets or babies. Disabling fears of suppressive authority tend to disappear when one engages in activities that naturally unfold in an atmosphere of trust. Stuttering often vanishes when stutterers are singing or laughing. |
It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer? Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky [Work LoC 465] (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays, source unknown
| Source: ► Video excerpts from US American movie Quo Vadis, lavish MGM production, |
directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov, 1951
| References: |
► Blog article Why Did the Romans Persecute Christians?, presented by patheos.com, Michael F. Bird, 12. October 2015
► Article The Neurological Causes of Stuttering, presented by SerendipUpdate, Claire Walker, 3. January 2008
| See also: |
► Healed from stuttering – Saint Christopher
► Plato's allegory of the cave
► Cognitive dissonance