Category Archives: Dostoevsky

Mishu’s two fights

10:00 pm. Mishu, our cat, goes outside. In 5 minutes, he comes back to the door, a dead mouse in his mouth. “Don’t scold him,” my wife tells me. “He’s done his job.” He just murdered a mouse because he … Continue reading

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I became an American citizen today

I become an American citizen today. I wake up with strange feelings. How will this change me? I go to the gym at 5:00 a.m.; normal day. The usual people around me: are they citizens, I wonder? Do they know … Continue reading

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Small gestures that save the world

I read once that people have done experiments with flowers. They researched how flowers respond to love. Apparently, when the plants “hear” nice words and probably good vibrations, they develop more fully and more beautifully than when they are not given attention. But one … Continue reading

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A humble man and a stumbling block

I once knew a man who went through some radical change. He used to be oblivious, concerned with himself, but then he became peaceful and, with that, you could sense a powerful presence when you were next to him. It … Continue reading

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Thoughts in the air

  Photo: Andrei. I have flown many times. However, whenever I board a plane, I still have the thought that this flight may be the last. This happens today as well, but, just in all similar occasions, I am somehow okay with … 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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