On devotion

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“Men cannot do that highest, best work which brings man nearest to God—the work of love, of complete devotion to the loved object, which good women have done, do, and will do so well and so naturally.”

—Leo Tolstoy (translated by Constance Garnett)

This is the sort of statement that sounds halfway normal when you first hear it. Then you spend about two seconds thinking about the actual men and women you’ve known, and it starts to sound very weird. Is there a mother in the world who wouldn’t admit, after half a glass of wine, that sometimes having kids is a real pain in the ass? Isn’t there even one father in the world who gets out of bed every morning solely for the sake of his children?