Progress

People usually think that progress consists in the increase of knowledge, in the improvement of life, but that isn’t so. Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life. The truth is always accessible to a man. It can’t be otherwise, because a man’s soul is a divine spark, the truth itself. It’s only a matter of removing from this divine spark (the truth) everything that obscures it. Progress consists, not in the increase of truth, but in freeing it from its wrappings. The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn’t gold.” – Leo Tolstoy

How much time do you spend each day considering the basic questions of life? The world is no less distracting in our day as it was when the honorable Count Tolstoy penned these beautiful words. If you’re not careful, you’ll spend all of the days of your life a stranger to truth.

3 thoughts on “Progress

  • I love the quote. His words evoke such a vivid image. One of the reasons I include your post in my morning is because it adds to my daily considerations of truth and how my participation might assist in its actualization. I find taking the time to deliberately set my orientation upward in the morning and revisiting my day in the evening creates a womb of development for my thinking. Checks and balances!

  • All valid questions have valid answers, despite the cruel and pervasive notion that life presents us with an unsolvable riddle. Of course all questions can’t be answered on the basis of demand or curiosity, and all truth is not revealed in an instant. Truth unfolds of its own design, with each moment both presenting and answering certain questions. Happy and wise is the man or woman who finds equilibrium in this dynamic process!

  • It is interesting to me that this is a problem no matter what time period you consider. I think the reality is that people try to deny that the truth is even available to them, which leads to an uncomfortable feeling that can only be obfuscated by numbing themselves in the day to day bustle. Just because we are “busy” doesn’t mean that we don’t need to find time to consider the truth. In fact, I would say that is the greater priority.

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