The Wisdom of Humankind
Leo Tolstoy's brilliant summation of wisdom, published in 1911 as The Way of Life, serves as the ultimate expression of his encounters with Christian ... Show synopsis Leo Tolstoy's brilliant summation of wisdom, published in 1911 as The Way of Life, serves as the ultimate expression of his encounters with Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, and other spiritual and philosophical texts. This new edition further distills Tolstoy's thinking into a compact and accessible volume for today's reader who is interested in achieving a spiritually arid ethically meaningful life and world. The Wisdom of Humankind is written to inspire readers to learn from the accumulated wisdom -- the perennial philosophy -- of humankind. Stressing the renunciation of violence and wealth, self-improvement, and love and respect for all human beings, Tolstoy's philosophies are as relevant today as they were nearly a century ago. In addition to translating and condensing Tolstoy's writings, Guy de Mallac has provided essays which illuminate the original work, and contains key terms, suggested readings, and an annotated list of sources from which Tolstoy worked.