…the sum of sufferings which is necessary for the purchase of truth…

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

“… if the sufferings of children go to make up the sum of sufferings which is necessary for the purchase of truth, then I say beforehand that the entire truth is not worth such a price.”

From “The brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880)

Ivan Karamazov questions the world’s harmony as designed by God and rejects the absurd equation between suffering and truth, only to be answered softly by his brother Alyosha that “this is a rebellion“. In his “Rejection of Salvation” chapter of “The Rebel”, Albert Camus concluded on Ivan that “with him the rebellion of reason ends in madness.“



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