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Tolstoy goes on to suggest that reason alone cannot

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Unformatted text preview: mporary relief from these difficulties in life; in such a state of relief, there are pleasures to be enjoyed (fame, wealth, family), represented by the sweetness of the honey. The temporary nature of this relief and these pleasures, however, is underscored by the dragon at the bottom of the well, which represents ______________________, and the mice chewing away, day and night, at the branch to which the traveler clings, which represent the inevitable progression towards ______________________. Tolstoy's claim is this: Once one comes to a clear knowledge of one's situation via reflection on the inevitability of falling into the dragon’s jaws, it is very difficult to take any pleasure or joy out of the honey. Why bother pursuing life, its...
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