Eugene Petersen, writes of how the Russian novelist, Fydor Dostoevesky challenged him.
He (Dostoevsky) refused to take the evidence that the people presented of themselves as truth; he dove beneath the surface of their lives and discovered in the depths, fire and passion and God. He trained my antennae to pick up the suppressed signals of spirituality in conversations, discovering tragic plots and comic episodes, works in progress all around me. I was living in a world redolent (fragrant) with spirituality. There were no ordinary people!
Eugene Petersen - Underneath the Predictable Planet