Tolstoy’s idea of adapting the degererated science, art and state of the egoistic privileged to the simple and common sense of the masses has been reversed. The masses have been deprived of common sense and now consider themselves partakers of privilege and accept the ruling way of science, art, the state, the egoistic capitalist world-view.
The peasant has been deprived of his roots. All have been deprived of their roots. Now everyone circles around meaningless things and no one is able to see the real state of humanity. Worshipping the scientific, the mind knowledge. In every second with every thought. At work and in leisure. But the real knowledge, the inner knowledge, the knowledge that would also let them be real artists at the same time, they have all completely forgotten that knowledge…. And are at a loss before their fate…. And do and do, think and know, judge and analyse, judge and punish, only in order not to have to face this perplexity too clearly.
After the alienation of its work and material misery, humanity is now in the alienation of its self and in spiritual misery. While the poor peasant had few possessions and little food, he still had his inner knowledge of truth, true science and true art. Now man has none of this and finds that all eating, all splurging does not heal him. On the contrary.
We have reached a point where it is no longer possible to make man understand that with his fixation on external observation alone, on his facts, he will learn nothing about himself, the world and the destiny of humanity. That the inner knowledge that he has within himself is indispensable for his knowledge of the world.