Dostoevsky was encouraging his readers to lean into their suffering, to embrace the pain, to even love it. Because when you hold dear to the present and wish nothing was different, when you endure suffering rather than escape it, here you discover the sincerity that is the source of your gifts.
…uffered because of the shortage will disappear. But, there is no reason to believe this to be true. Solve all the difficulties in the world, and we will not simply put our hands together and admire our shiny new world, but only create, from thin air, more problems, more worries, more uncertainties.
“The purpose of life is the purpose we put into it. Its meaning is whatever we may choose to call the meaning. Life is not a crossword puzzle, with an answer settled in advance and a prize for the ingenious person who noses it out. The riddle of the universe has as many answers [and] the best answers are those which permit the answerer to live most fully, the worst are those which condemn him to partial or complete death.”