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"At 3 o'clock in the morning, Ivan would [awake and go to church]. During the service, which lasted a good three or four hours, the Czar would sing, pray, and prostrate himself, striking his forehead against the paving stones...
...at 8 o'clock all would gather again to hear mass, and at 10:00 all sat down to a copious repast that the Czar did not touch. Standing in the presence of his brothers, he would read aloud to them from a religious text.
After a short nap, he liked to visit the dungeons to witness the torture of a few prisoners.
...He had a connoisseur's appreciation for the skill of the torturers and the endurance of sufferers. Coming away from mass, his head filled with angelic music, he enjoyed the contrasting pleasure that came from following the slow death of his victims. The spurts of blood, the screams and rattles of drooling mouths -- this rough cookery smelling of pus, excrement, sweat, and burnt flesh was pleasing to his nostrils.
...He took such joy at the bloodbath that he had no doubt, in these moments of horror and ecstasy, that the Lord was at his side...to him, prayer and torture were but two aspects of piety.
"And to tell the truth...here on earth, [God] indulged in the purest caprice. In this world He caused crime to go unpunished and Innocence to be trampled underfoot. He distributed His blows without rhyme or reason, caring about the deserts of neither those He raised up nor those He struck down. He set before all monarchs, who were the representatives of His power on earth, an example of cruelty and inconsistency. How could He be angry with them for being like Him? The more arbitrary Ivan was in his punishments, the more pleasing he must be to the Master of nature.
The Czar repeated this to himself all day long for reassurance...he would wander about the palace, talking out loud to himself. He dreaded the coming of nightfall, because it brought apocalyptic visions...
originally posted by: PapagiorgioCZ
Almost everyone knows there's an untouchable psychotic ruling class. Question is how do we stop them?
I am the flail of god. Had you not created great sins; god would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” –Genghis Khan
originally posted by: incoserv
originally posted by: Never Despise
What explanation for this pathological metaphysic?
Uh ... Maybe dude was s friggin' psychopath?
Yeah, I think that's Occam's answer: Ivan was a raging, twisted psychopath. World for me.