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Dostoevsky explains the problem with freedom and IRS problems

Many of our clients “confess” that they got in trouble with the IRS because it was so easy to do—in other words, they had the freedom to get in trouble.  Dostoevsky explains that freedom is a burden that most people are incapable of handling.  Now that you have made some choices with your freedom that have gotten you in trouble with the IRS, you need a professional that can help you to understand the choices you now need to make to get out of trouble.

May I recommend that your choice should be Scott Allen E.A.  He has the understanding not only of how to get your out of trouble with the IRS but he also has the ability to counsel you how to use your freedom to make correct choices on how to stay out of trouble in the future.

Scott Allen E.A. offers a free consultation and can be reached at 480-926-9300.

Now let’s look at what Dostoevsky has to say about how to use our freedom.

In the second chapter of Book 5 of The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan tells Alyosha a parable entitled “The Grand Inquisitor” to illustrate why he believes that Christianity has failed utterly to deal with the ultimate source of the problem of evil.  The Grand Inquisitor goes so far as to say that God is the very source of the problem.

The parable tells of a powerful 16th century Spanish Jesuit Cardinal—The Grand Inquisitor—who is the leader of the Inquisition in Seville, Spain.  In the parable, Jesus returns to Earth and performs a miracle in Seville, raising a dead child to life (this is analogous to the boy torn apart by the hounds).

The Cardinal has Jesus arrested for this public display, charging that rather than bring salvation, Jesus has in the past and once again placed upon suffering humanity, the additional and intolerable burden of freedom and with freedom, responsibility for themselves.  The Inquisitor says to the captive Jesus:

For the secret of man’s being is not only to live but to have something to live for (have meaning in their lives).  Without a stable conception of the object of life, man would not consent to go on living, and would rather destroy himself than remain on earth, though he had bread in abundance.  That is true.  But what happened?  Instead of taking men’s freedom from them, Thou didst make it greater than ever!  Didst Thou forget that man prefers peace and even death, to freedom of choice in the knowledge of good and evil?  Nothing is more seductive for man than his freedom of control, but nothing is a greater cause of suffering.  And behold, instead of giving a firm foundation for setting the conscience of man at rest for ever.  Thou didst choose all that is exceptional, vague, and enigmatic; Thou didst choose what was utterly beyond the strength of men, acting as though Thou didst not love them at all—Thou who didst come to give Thy life for them!  Instead of taking possession of men’s freedom, Thou didst increase it, and burdened the spiritual kingdom of mankind with its sufferings forever.

The human predicament in the mind of the Grand Inquisitor seems to be either happiness, peace and contentment, or freedom and responsibility which lead to unavoidable suffering.   These two are mutually exclusive according to Ivan as he expresses in his parable of The Grand Inquisitor.  So how does Dostoevsky escape what he has so eloquently put forth with the character of Ivan the rationalist?  Is there any way that Dostoevsky can drag us through all this atheistic mud and then wash us clean enough to still believe in the goodness of God?

Yes, but you will have to read the previous blog about Dostoevsky and Forgiveness.  Again if you have found yourself in trouble with the IRS, please call Scott Allen E.A. at 480-926-9300.  He will help you in unique ways that others are not able to do.  His IRS tax resolution business is a family business that started in 1977 and continues today because he provides the same level of service as its founders—his parents.

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