73% done with War and Peace

I always have the same thought when I read this section about Rostopchin: how easy it is to sway public opinion based on the ‘common good’. I mean it’s so sad how easy it is to whip up fervor based on emotion and how easy it is to then take advantage of people who gave you the power to do so. This is a very pessimistic, but realistic section because Tolstoy knows human nature.