To Be A Human Being

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s words to his brother resonate deeply with me as a Razorback fan. “To be a human being among people and to remain one forever, no matter in what circumstances, not to grow despondent and not to lose heart, that’s what life is all about, that’s its task.” This quote struck a chord because it perfectly encapsulates the rollercoaster ride of emotions that is being a Razorback fan. Just when hope blossoms and victory seems within reach, the Hogs can pull the rug out, leaving you heartbroken.

Dostoevsky, however, goes beyond my mere sports heartaches. His words delve into the core of the human experience.Yes, we all face moments of crushing disappointment. Leaders betray our trust, life throws curveballs, and meticulously crafted plans crumble. But Dostoevsky isn’t advocating for stoicism or ignoring reality. I suspect he means something deeper.

Perhaps it’s about resilience. It’s the ability to be knocked down, experience the sting of despondency, and then rise again, refusing to let setbacks define us. Like a football player facing a pass rush, he must absorb the blow, then push back with unwavering determination. The key is not to dwell in the negative emotions but to acknowledge them, learn from them, and keep moving forward.

This doesn’t mean blind optimism or ignoring challenges. It’s about holding onto our humanity, our capacity for connection and empathy, even in the face of hardship. It’s about maintaining compassion for ourselves and others, refusing to succumb to cynicism or despair.

Being a human being among people – that’s the essence of Dostoevsky’s message. It’s about weathering the storms of life while remaining connected to our fellow travelers on this journey. Through shared experiences, both joyful and heartbreaking, we forge bonds and cultivate the strength to persevere.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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