I first heard of him in a Socialist Worker Student Society meeting in Warwick. I asked a friend that I met there, about socialism, communism and many things in between them, of which I am not aware myself. When speaking about the two political philosophies, the first thing that came up to my mind was Karl Marx.
So, I learnt a new thing that day, that Leon Tolstoy, rather than Karl Marx was a more revered figure and contributed a greater lot to the ideology of the Socialist Worker's Party movement.
I've always been fascinated by socialism, having had a liberal-left political inclination for quite some time. I like how the way things are depicted in a socialist utopia, how a society should behave, how things should be run, what should be the motive of the people, and things like that.
I know it is very unrealistic, but I like to think of it as a benchmark. Something like a 100% full mark in an exam, which is rather unimaginable for everyone to get a perfect score, but that's the highest level attainable, and wherever we end up on the scale, as long as we've tried our best to achieve that "utopian" world, whether it is realistic or not, would not matter as much, would it?