Sunday, September 09, 2007

Talking Nonsense

So, as I was re-reading Crime and Punishment I came upon this passage that I thought could be applied to tok.

"I like them to talk nonsense. That's man's one privilege over all creation. Thought error you come to the truth! I am a man because i err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen. And a fine thing, too, in it's way; but we can't even make mistakes on our own account! Talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I'll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's. I the first case you are a man, in the second you're no better than a bird. Truth won't escape you, but life can be cramped. There have been examples. And what are we doing now? In science, development, thought, invention, ideals, aims, liberalism, judgement, experience and everything, everything, everything, we are still in the preparatory class at school. We prefer to live on other people;s ideas, it's what we are used to! Am I right, Am i right?"(Crime and Punishment 202-203)

I was wondering what other people thought of Razumihin's drunken ravings, for I personally found that I agreed with a majority of it.


riverJordan said...

he- I have the quote, "We prefer to live on other people's ideas, it's what we are used to!" on my wall. Anyway...

I also found myself agreeing with this passage as I read it. To posess knowledge is one thing, but to move beyond it and propose something completely the opposite of it or greater than it is what true wisdom is. Bringing school into it, this is sort of the problem I have with math (one of many). A person can be awesome at a million therories, but they are still just proofs proposed by someone else that now this person is redoing out. Raskonikov is right- even if we act in a mistaken way, we still have acted, and to commit a deed which sets us apart from the masses is what truely establishes a person as great.

katrina337 said...

I also agreed with this passage. I think there's an interesting debate between social standards and individuality throughout this book. I also loved the part about Raskolnikov's ideas of Crime and Punishment, though I didn't agree with all of it. And I can't quote it right now because I don't have my book, but I really liked it, so if anyone who knows what I'm talking about wants to quote that part, it kind of ties into this.