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Chapter four of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky raises some serious issues about religion and society in general The conversation between Ivan and Aloysha provides the rationale behind the belief that one would be more reasonable and compassionate by not believing in god Also the morals of society come into question as the two brothers question societys norms While this story takes place during a time very much different from present day the questions raised are still relevant today If you were to ask a hundred people if they loved their neighbors there is no doubt that an overwhelming majority would answer yes However if you really think about it there is no way that this can not be true Take a look at American society we look upon those who are different from us as outcasts Hes dirty she smells look at how they dress I cant be seen with them this is love We cannot truthfully say that we all love one another until as a society we can accept people for who they are and look at the without prejudice Dostoyevsky writes One can love ones neighbors in the abstract or even at a distance but at close quarters its almost impossible A prime example of this philosophy would be the homeless Nearly everyone has compassion for the homeless and would say that they would do anything they can to help them but what happens when you see a homeless person on the street you put your head down trying not to look at them and walk hurriedly past them hoping they wont ask you for money or bother you in any way I can remember a few years back there was talk about building affordable housing near my neighborhood The plan was to build these houses to get the homeless out of the shelters and back on their feet However when the community heard about this there was a public
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