Want to start a conversation? What for? Do you really want to know me? Or is it a habit borne out of pre-defined societal norms? Is it going to be a conversation conversation? Or is it the ‘morning / good morning’ you wish people stuck with you in a lift on the way down?
I want to know if conversation is on your mind because you like collecting stories. I want to know if conversation is on your mind because you wanna assess how good a place you are in life. I want to know if conversation is in your mind because you haven’t met your ‘passing-down-a-condescending-opinion-on-another’ quota for the day. Tell me if all of this is true. Tell me if one of this is true.
Here’s what I replied to a post by The Book Club of Karachi on Facebook, “The most inspirational sentence you read in 2013?”
I could choose once sentence from this passage maybe, but this whole passage is too brilliant to ignore. This stunned me probably like nothing else this year. A wonderful book and a wonderful writer, from which I hope to share more passages in the coming days.
‘Ofcourse, when Alyosha was in the monastery he believed entirely in miracles, but I dont think miracles ever confound a realist. Nor is it miracles that bring a realist to religion. If he is an unbeliever, a true realist will always find the strength & ability not to believe in a miracle, and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact, he will rather disbelieve his own senses than accept that fact. Or he may concede the fact and explain it away as a natural phenomenon until then unknown. In a realist, it is not miracles that generate faith, but faith that generates miracles. Once a realist becomes a believer, however, his very realism will make him accept the existence of miracles. The apostle Thomas said he would not believe until he saw, and when he saw, he said: ”My Lord and my God!”. Was it a miracle that made him believe? Most likely not. He believed only because he wanted to believe, and possibly he already believed in the secret recesses of his being.’
Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov.