Writing in 1870, from Dresden, at the time of French-German war, Dostoevsky comments:, “Oh, God, I wish you knew what a revulsion had Europe…

Writing in 1870, from Dresden, at the time of French-German war, Dostoevsky comments:
“Oh, God, I wish you knew what a revulsion had Europe produced in me during the last four years. We have so many stereotypes and fantasies about Europe. Isn’t this Russian a child (and almost all Russians are like that), who believes that the Prussians would win due to their education and schools. This is almost obscene. What kind of education is it, that robs and tortures, like the Attila’s horde? (Maybe even more than Attila)…
I read some letters of German soldiers from France to their mothers and fathers… Oh, God, what they write. How ill they are, how hungry… By the way, here is an observation: First, I did observe the patriotism of a crowd, but now it is gone. Those who got themselves into frenzy are professors, doctors, students, but not the common people. But professors are very proud of themselves. I meet plenty of them in a library. One, utterly gray and highly respected scholar, was screaming the other day: “Paris muss bombardiert sein!” That’s the results of their science and education. Well, if not education, then stupidity. Let them be scholars, they are terrible fools as well. Another observation: everybody here can read and write, but simultaneously they are ignorant, stupid, and given to the most base interests.”
Very sad observation, indeed. Common people know very well that hostility and war means hunger and deprivation for their sons. And they back off fast, once their children begin to suffer. But not the intellectual elite, who are more than happy to betray their calling and promote the most virulent hatred from the sidelines.

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