A..., State..., of..., Trance!
ďNothing is admitted,Ē Razumihin interrupted with heat. ďI am not wrong. Iíll show you their pamphlets. Everything with them is Ďthe influence of environment,í and nothing else. Their favourite phrase! From which it follows that, if society is normally organised, all crime will cease at once, since there will be nothing to protest against and all men will become righteous in one instant. Human nature is not taken into account, it is excluded, itís not supposed to exist! They donít recognise that humanity, developing by a historical living process, will become at last a normal society, but they believe that a social system that has come out of some mathematical brain is going to organise all humanity at once and make it just and sinless in an instant, quicker than any living process! Thatís why they instinctively dislike history, Ďnothing but ugliness and stupidity in it,í and they explain it all as stupidity! Thatís why they so dislike the living process of life; they donít and a living soul! The living soul demands life, the soul wonít obey the rules of mechanics, the soul is an object of suspicion, the soul is retrograde! But what they want though it smells of death and can be made of india-rubber, at least is not alive, has no will, is servile and wonít revolt! And it comes in the end to their reducing everything to the building of walls and the planning of rooms and passages in a phalanstery! The phalanstery is ready, indeed, but your human nature is not ready for the phalansteryóit wants life, it hasnít completed its vital process, itís too soon for the graveyard! You canít skip over nature by logic. Logic presupposes three possibilities, but there are millions! Cut away a million, and reduce it all to the question of comfort! Thatís the easiest solution of the problem! Itís seductively clear and you mustnít think about it. Thatís the great thing, you mustnít think! The whole secret of life in two pages of print!Ē
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky