In the ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), in a section called ‘The End of Isolation,’ he wrote,
“Everywhere in these days people have, in their mockery, ceased to understand that true security is to be found in social solidarity rather than in isolated individual effort. But this terrible individualism must inevitably have an end, and all will suddenly understand how unnaturally that has separated themselves from one another. It will be the spirit of the time, and people will marvel that they have sat so long in darkness without seeing the light. And then the sign of the Son of Man will be seen in the heavens…but until then we must keep the banner flying.
Even if we have to do it alone and our conduct seems to be crazy, we must set an example and so draw people’s souls out of their solitude and spur them to some act of brotherly love, so that the great idea may not die.”
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”