Honouring Legend Leo Tolstoy for 186th Birthday
On this 186th birthday we celebrate Tolstoy as one of the greatest novelists of all time, having written masterpieces like War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Tolstoy had an undying principal of democracy dictating his life, and a desire to develop a government which could showcase the best of human capacity. He served in the Crimean War, a life experience would shape his future views on nonresistance, self-perfection and love. Troubled by the violence he saw employed by government and war, Tolstoy began to delve into non-violent anarchist ideology just around the time he began writing.
Tolstoy understood the importance of education and the amazing potential brought by the printing press. After he was fired for trying to revolutionize the schooling system in Russia, he returned to his hometown and opened thirteen schools for serf (peasant) children. His school system reflected his undying views on democracy, which he unfortunately saw very little of in his lifetime.
Today, his ideological legacy is carried on by The Tolstoy Foundation. Founded by daughter Alexandra Tolstoy, this humanitarian foundation focuses on the empowerment of children in Russia and around the world through equal right to education. To celebrate this day, let’s all put a little Tolstoy into our lives. Pick up a book and read, and let us treat those around us with compassion and equality!