In 1917, Józef Czapski told his commanding officer that he couldn’t kill his fellow man. He had trained to fight against the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution. He thought for sure he would be court-martialed or shot. Instead, his commanding officer told him, “When I was young, I also wanted to change the world. Go. Try.”
And for the next seventy years, he did.
See also: Józef Czapski: A Life in Translation
by Keith Botsford