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“One may stand perplexed before some thought, especially seeing men’s sin, asking oneself, ‘Shall I take it by force, or by humble love?’ Always resolve to take it by humble love. If you resolve once and for all, you will be able to overcome the whole world. A loving humility is a terrible power, the most powerful of all, nothing compares with it.”
Father Zossima in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
When a stranger holds the door for you, and you go through it, and before you have a chance to say thank you, the stranger holding the door says, You’re fucking welcome, raging, like he hates you deeply.
When you are driving and you make an innocent mistake. For example, a car behind you is in your blind spot. You put on your blinker and almost switch lanes, but then you look back, and you notice the car at the last second, and you jerk back into your lane. Then the driver of that car pulls up beside you and gives you a disgusted look, or even worse, gives you the finger. Hate in her eyes.
When you are one of four survivors of a plane crash and your companions decide to eat you. But only after you die of natural causes.
When you are the leader of a non-violent revolution which liberates millions, yet the rumor is you beat your wife.
Father Zossima dies, and his body smells like a dead body. This is a problem.
Alyosha lives on. He is the youngest of three brothers. There may be another one. This is a problem.
The beauty of the beauties is disputed.
The father is a disgrace.