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Tolstoy’s autobiographical essay is a dissection of his soul, a study of his life’s movement away from the religious certainties of youth, and a vital piece of reading which contextualizes the great works he is best known for. Marking the point at which his life moved from the worldly to the spiritual, Tolstoy’s philosophical reassessment of the Orthodox faith is a work that holds vital spiritual and intellectual importance to this very day.
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By Jackie St. Hilaire on 05-08-18
In the end all that matters is truth.
We all struggle with our humanity and our morality, Leo Tolstoy is no exception to the laws of nature and of God.
But to write about your deepest longings and experiences when you are "at the top of your game" takes much courage.
Tolstoy knew that his "Confession" would be published and like a more contemporary writer Thomas Merton, Tolstoy gives us the gift of himself, his deepest secrets, his deepest regrets, his deepest truth. Like Merton, Tolstoy from the deepest part of himself, knows that he has to let his truth be revealed or he will be forever living in the deep abyss, the deep abyss of nothingness. To go through the stages of hell, purgatory and ultimately heaven, one has to progress lithely and pray for grace to get through. This is a difficult journey and should be taken slowly but with faith that in the end, love will prevail.
Towards the end of his "Confession" Tolstoy reveals to us a dream that gave him meaning and knowledge about the depths that he had experienced.
Tolstoy wrote his interpretation of the dream and all dreams become a collective dream, meaning that they are for everyone. In reading the dream and putting yourself into the dream like it is your own dream, you can see that it is a journey, a journey that will go on eternally. There are no stops just crossroads.
More than 100 years later, Tolstoy "Confession" is looked upon as being very significant for those of us who are serious in finding our own truth