Leo Tolstoy begins his novel Anna Karenina by stating that "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Do you believe this is the case? Why or why not?
If that is his point of view. We accept, but happiness is the other side of loneliness.
I agree. some times it also depends on the situation. we can react differently for similar situation.
I had myself convinced that the opposite of lonliness was inner peace. But then, maybe happiness and inner peace are the same thing.
Yes, I agree. Happy families are the same because the reasons of their happiness aren't really relevant - what matters is that they are happy. Unhappy families, on the other hand, each have a story of their own, different reasons for being unhappy, causes which need a lot of thought and work to fight the consequences. Have you noticed that tragedies are the basis for many novels written by writers other than Tolstoy?
If that's all Tolstoy had to say, he had a rather dim view of happiness wouldn't you say?
I don't know any happy families. I know families who stay together no matter what happens. That involves lots of patience and forgiveness and the ability to survive mind-numbing boreness. Some people think that is a price they are willing to pay for always having financial and social support.
Tolstoy lived in an age far removed from the present day chaos and complications. He could have been right about those days, you know!
My family is a bone fide mess. Yet I'm not unhappy with the situation. The rest are though.
That said - I don't have a family, I have a pack. And they fight and fall out like one too.
I suppose regarding Tolstoy, it's possible that it's more likely unhappy families have problems unique to themselves? But then again - most families fall out over jealousy issues, money, greed and so forth.
None of which are far removed from each other.
Tolstoy gave me a headache at school. And he's giving me one now
I imagine every family is ultimately different, tho some may have similarities, happy or not.
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