Monthly Archives: March 2016

Reaching ultimate harmony: The Concert

There is a lot of confusion at the beginning of The Concert. People yell, play music loudly and poorly at weddings, or get fake passports and visas right under the nose of the police. It is the craziness of a … Continue reading

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Angels and birthgivers

¬† The Mother of the Lord and Jesus in prison cloths. The painting is done by Fr. Arsenie Boca, who was imprisoned during communism. The Church Elefterie in Bucharest. Regardless of where I am, I always try to call my … Continue reading

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Socrates’ "a good man cannot be harmed" and Alyosha Karamazov

The presence of another in one’s life: the chance of remaining a “good man” even when harmed. Photo taken at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul National al Taranului Roman) Socrates often says that a good man cannot … Continue reading

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Alyosha and the schoolboys

Photo taken in the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest. During moments of tension, it is always difficult to perceive in your opponent a human being in need. When someone hates me, the first inclination is to blame that … Continue reading

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Persons and individuals; taking all in one’s heart through forgiveness

There are no individuals in Dostoevsky’s work, but we often encounter situations in which characters treat others as individuals. I actually think that the beauty of Dostoevsky’s writings stems also from the fact that he explores our failure to treat … Continue reading

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"It’s only with you that I have moments of goodness"

In Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, during one of the conversations between Alyosha and his father, Fyodor, Alyosha tells him, “You’re in such a bad mood. It must be because of what happened yesterday. Why don’t you go and lie down?” … Continue reading

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Giving definitions and Grushenka’s spring onion

  I do not eat meat. As one may imagine, whenever I arrive at this topic in a conversation, I always get this reply: “So you are a vegetarian.” This is a fairly safe conclusion. People who do not eat … Continue reading

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Mercy and justice; discernment and judgment

The most rational temptation that I know of is that of justice. I can always say that there is a reason for why I feel betrayed, misunderstood, used, or merely frustrated. Most likely, if I were to describe such stories, … Continue reading

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Stories from communism

“Before the communists took our land, our parents always punished us when we, children, took an apple from a tree on the street or cherries from a neighbor’s garden,” a friend told me once. “It was theft, and such a … Continue reading

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The thirds, nameless people for whom there is no song

  Many may be familiar with Taylor Swift’s song Style¬†(I included a video of it below). I have listened to it many times, but it was only this morning that it made me wonder about something: how would “the other … Continue reading

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