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  1. on the contrary, they are strong people. not everyone will be able to leave their usual comfortable life and live ascetically. again if a person is simply no longer interested in material wealth and position in society he is considered weak?

  2. They go to the monastery for 4 reasons: 1. because of suffering in the material world, i.e. out of a desire to get away from problems, 2. Out of a desire to get some material benefits as a result 3. Out of curiosity 4.In search of God (the Absolute truth or meaning of life). Obviously, each of these categories of people has its own motives and path in this field. However, any of them may or may not eventually attain sainthood. Answering the question, I can say that it is possible for a weak person to go to a monastery, but they are unlikely to stay in it for a long time. There are very harsh living conditions that practically exclude all sensual pleasures, so this path is only for really strong people in all respects.

  3. They just chose a different path. And it doesn't depend on strength or weakness. You can say that they decided to do what they are interested in, that's all. Do you like this activity or not

  4. Of course not, people who are engaged in religious activities go there for various reasons. But one of the main reasons is the desire to get away from some aspects of being in order to improve others – to abandon the material world in favor of the spiritual, so to speak

  5. I would put it another way: “Those who go to monasteries are often weak people.” Although even in this case, it is not necessary to generalize.
    But a weak person will not stay long, because a weak person in the world, and in the monastery, will be weak. He who has not achieved anything in the world, and in the spiritual sphere will not achieve anything.

  6. Depends on who. I would single out 3 groups of people, among those who go to a monastery or do something similar.�

    1. Believers. These are people who originally planned to be priests, nuns, etc. Why? Often, these are children from religious, devout families. Celibacy is not popular among us, so there are entire families where such a craft (if I may say so) is passed down from parents to children.

    2. Freeloaders. Oh, yes, there are a lot of them, unfortunately. There is a whole caste of clergymen who perceive this not at all as a vocation, but as a dusty job with good earnings. Anyone who is familiar with the topic knows that they have a whole price list of services, which is not cheap, especially if the church is quite famous and popular. In fact, there is even some semblance of a church mafia, otherwise where do humble servants of the Lord have expensive apartments and imported cars? I can't even afford a rusty Lada))) And look at the high church officials: they walk like kings in expensive clothes and hung with gold. The question is, where did they get the money for all this? With donations and purchases of candles by parishioners for 50 rubles?)))

    3. Yes, the very people who are running away from something. True, not all of them are “just weak”, there are also those who are simply tired of this world, very philosophical about life, and want peace. But I would not say that going to a monastery is a solution to worldly problems. Again, few people know, but in all sorts of monasteries, orders, etc. there are very strict rules, strict hierarchy. There is not even a hint of freedom of speech, will and democracy there. In many ways, change the awl to soap. How does this differ from how an ordinary small fry feels in a large company?

    I see the point only in autonomous communities “for religious interests”, as we will call them, and in hermitages. But it is relatively popular in the West, as a kind of offshoot of Catholicism. In our country, you can hardly find such a thing anywhere, it's more likely that some kind of sect will come out. And you can be a hermit without any religious beliefs, why go to a monastery for hermits? Isn't it better to just buy a house in the picturesque wilderness?

    The famous atheist and popularizer of science Richard Dawkins has a video on a similar topic. He thought about the question “what is the meaning of life”, and communicated with various churchmen, including was in one of these communities of hermits, asked how they live, whether they are satisfied with their choice. This is a 3-part project called “Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life”. https://www.kinopoisk.ru/film/seks-smert-i-smysl-zhizni-2012-751885/

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