Anarchist, pacifist, moralist, and Russian author, Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), died a hundred years ago, November 20th. The New York Times offered a recent article that basically said, the man gets no respect in modern Russia. For those ambivalent, or those that simply don’t care what the Russians think about him, here is a short story by the great author, called Three Questions—strictly for entertainment:
The Will of God, by Leslie D. Weatherhead (1893-1976), was written in 1944 and at only fifty-six pages long (my old publication), it remains a classic in helping to get one’s thinking right about this subject. The book is actually a series of five sermons given at a very difficult time in England, “relevant to these days of loss and sorrow,” yet also relevant to our current time of war and despicable world events.
Weatherhead says the phrase is used too loosely; often, after some horrible tragedy, someone will say, “It is the will of God.” Weatherhead then offers a logical thought process which in essence says that one should not identify the will of God as something for which a man would be locked up! He argues that there are three distinct kinds of will:
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989); published 1946
Robert Penn Warren, America’s first Poet Laureate, won a Pulitzer Prize for this 600- page novel, considered by many as one of the greatest works by any American author. Set in the 1930’s, it traces the rise and fall of a dictatorial demagogue loosely based on Huey “Kingfish” Long, governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1931. Long was loved by his supporters and hated by his detractors and ultimately assassinated in 1935 after he announced his run for the Democratic nomination for presidency against FDR. Warren was a professor at LSU during Long’s rise in politics.