Connect and Respect. We can not chose where we are born but we can chose what kind of people we become! To be Brave is to Protect yourself from others, to be Human is to Protect others from yourself. Be HUMAN and POSETIVE!
When you hear one bad, fear-based news, immediately express three positive human thoughts! Say it loud! Helps a lot! Or come here under the rainbow! Quarantine Diaries and Beyond share cognition, let you learn, and make you investigate, further sharpening your common sense. You will read about simplicity, love, ordinary things (as “simple” breathing), Leonardo da Vinci, Greek Zorba, and Alan Ford, about Chopin and Eminescu and about Antoine Bechamp and Louis Pasteur, Trumpism came gone and preparing a comeback, Nikola Tesla, Orwell, vitamin D, some details of the 1919 experiment, important today also, about professor Carroll Quigley, Conspiracy Practitioners, not theorist, and many more. At the same time, it is the place where you can find YOU! Yes, YOU, as you are invited to contribute with one personal diary page signing yourself. You can find details at the philosophyofgoodnews.com subscription page! “Do you prefer to get paid 50 pounds, dollars, euros, or instead to get one book of your choice to read?” “A book to read,” was the reply of one student. To confirm the thought, I asked: “Why?” I got a swift response! “As I am driven by curiosity, and I seek inspiration to proceed fearlessly with my life, I would always choose a book, especially about the subject I like, that of existence and human experiences, she confidently replied!” Fearlessly! “Do not believe in anything based on fear,” and instead believe in yourself and your own abilities! Learn that protecting others from yourself is humanity at its highest levels! Learn that we are born to live together and practice mutual aid! Feel that “in the long run, the practice of solidarity proves much more helpful to the species than the development of individuals endowed with predatory inclinations!” (Kropotkin.) I hope this book will provide inspiration and creativity to every one of you! Darko Richard Lancelot
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While the book is being prepared for internet and paperback editions I started getting first feedback from the readers. I will share one which is self explanatory. In English and in Italian. Written by Mr. Adriano Davidoni my long time Italian friend, art and book lover, writer and collector of wrist watches.
“To be or not to be….. I have been following Darko for many years and have followed the birth of his book step by step. Master in saying and not saying, hitting and hiding the hand, Darko has done a remarkable job in terms of content and research. His audience needs great attention and curiosity in following the logical thread of his writings. The most striking thing is the positivity of his message to all of us, his generosity in sharing passion, love, knowledge and intuition. Like a patient spider weaves its web every day, Darko writes his thoughts, his discoveries and his message is clear: better be! A gift of great value in a time where everything seems to be worse but in reality it does not go, we will not allow it. Thanks Darko! Adriano Davidoni” And in Italian “Essere o non essere….. Seguo Darko da molti anni ed ho seguito la nascita del suo libro passo passo. Maestro nel dire e non dire, colpire e nascondere la mano, Darko ha svolto un lavoro notevole per contenuti e ricerche. La sua platea necessita di grande attenzione e curiosità nel seguire il filo logico dei suoi scritti. La cosa che più colpisce é la positività del suo messaggio a tutti noi , la sua generosità nel condividere passione, amore, conoscenza ed intuito. Come un ragno paziente tesse la sua tela ogni giorno, Darko scrive i suoi pensieri, le sue scoperte ed il suo messaggio risulta chiaro : meglio essere! Un dono di grande valore in un tempo dove tutto sembra andare peggio ma in realtà non va , non lo permetteremo. Grazie Darko! Adriano Davidoni”
From the first videos and expressions, two men had it looks like Putin is eager to convey practical points and requests and is ready to negotiate. At the same time, on the other side, Biden looks like it is in bewilderment what to do as the dream of unilateralism fades away. Will this meeting prolong the disaster in the making or be the foundation for clearing things? Time might tell, even not publicly. But the point is that there is not much time left. America needs to reform, and Russia needs to continue developing. Both are expirienced, especially Biden who is in the system all his life. Here you can see a photo from meeting with Andrei Gromyko and thank, follow up letter he sent to Tito of Yugoslavia in 1979.
Both can not forget China and the increasing power of first among equals in all spheres of human life. One should not forget that all three powers have deep states and enormous private interests looking for their own gains, or at least, for maintaining the influence. Will those two and their governments be able to deliver stability and reorganize the world for sustainable development, and a safe future will be seen a little after this summit. Will the deal be sealed to let people know about the virus’s origins, and the control of different virus laboratories is also to be seen soon. Some cleaning will need to be done. In the meantime, there is a hope that in this world on all sides, we have more human beings looking forward to developing the world than those who want to destroy it. The majority is measured by numbers, and the minority by the power of money. To finish with the beginning, let me quote a beautiful saying of Carroll Quigley “The main theme in our society today is competition and no truly stable society can possibly be built on such a premise. In the long term society must be based on association and co-operation.” This can be projected to the world!
Co-operation with all for all as all are needed for the world to function!
Inspiration is the guiding idea to continue learning and connecting facts history left with us. Intuition is born when you combine curiosity with inspiration! How are these five names connected? First, to make a statement. However, today’s known history and today’s known science will react, or most probably ignore, I would like to make an assumption that Mona Lisa is Caterina Cornaro! It is an intuition that I am not prepared to trade for anything! However, certain events happened at a particular time that has somehow made me uneasy but sure that intuition is higher and more significant and ultimate human virtue than any definitions for history research. How comes that in 2013 lost Leonardo da Vinci mural has been found in a room of the Sforzesco Castle as per https://www.lagazzettadelmezzogiorno.it/news/english/500381/new-section-of-mural-by-leonardo-discovered-in-milan.html and that at the same year, a priceless 500 years old portrait of an Italian noblewoman, Isabella d’Este, painted by Leonardo, was discovered as part of a private collection in a Swiss bank with Italian owners choosing to keep their identity a secret. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474731/Lost-Leonardo-da-Vinci-mural-discovered-Italys-Sforzesco-Castle.html With two names, Caterina and Leonardo, connected, and me taking some weight off my soul due to the statement I wrote above, let me start the story that led to the intense feeling of enlightenment. It was March 2020. First lockdown in Cyprus. I had a meeting with the new Robinson Club Resort designer to discuss her concept for the project and textile textures and colors to be introduced as decoration for the rooms. I had the pleasure to cooperate with her a year before, during the refurbishment of the vast restaurant and lobby at the same premises, then under another operator. As soon as we started, Sophia shared her concept to connect the new Robinson Club with Leonardo Da Vinci’s visit to Cyprus and his visit to Lefkara village, where he discovered the famous Lefkara lace. To let you know that Robinson Club Cyprus is situated in the beautiful seaside of the Alaminos village, some 20 kilometers from Lefkara and built by the Muskis family, the owners of Four Seasons, and Amathus Beach Hotel in Limassol. Hearing her idea, I got very excited as in April of 2018, I published a short article with the title “Leonardo da Vinci, Lefkara village lace and The Last Supper mural.” It was based on the quote I found in the book “Historic Cyprus,” published 14th of May 1936, by Rupert Forbes Gunnis, Eton College graduate English historian and a private secretary of Governor of Cyprus. He wrote on page 321: “Leonardo da Vinci, when he visited the island( of Cyprus*)in 1481 purchased lace made at Lefkara for the altar cloth at Milan Cathedral.” The idea I had then was to use my first and short article based on the above quote as an inspiration to investigate and write more about that extraordinary visit. I then had the same feeling and reported the following: “I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future, technology finds out that the portrait of Caterina just recently presented to the public by Levendis museum in Nicosia or some other one waiting to be discovered had a “touch” of Leonardo da Vinci.” If you want to learn more about Caterina Cornaro, I strongly suggest visiting two museums in Nicosia. “CVAR Severis” museum- cvar.severis.org and Leventis Museum- leventismuseum.org
Sophia’s idea was the initiation I was looking for to continue. Let me share with you a short history of Lefakara. Mentioned first in 1134 in the testament of Saint Neophytos, born in the nearby village of Kato Drys, Lefkara village is situated in the mountains some 50 kilometers from Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, and 20 kilometers from the new Robinson Club Cyprus. During the Franco Venetian rule of Cyprus, Lefkara has been used as a safe retreat oasis for women and children of the Venetians. They escaped Pirate raids of coastal towns of Famagusta, Morfou, Kyrenia, Limassol, etc.… Having not much to do at the retreat of Lefkara, women practiced an abstruse form of unique needlework coming deep down the soul, making each lace a masterpiece of its own. That kind of work requires a lot of patience and concentration, focus, and a clear mind! It was the time when TV sets, mobile phones, and computers did not exist to distract people’s minds. The time when intuition was still sharp! This is how the history of Lefkara lace was born!
In May of 2020, I visited Lefkara village three times till I found a suitable lace reflecting Sophia’s idea to present it to the owners of Robinson Club Cyprus. After their meeting, that extraordinary lady informed me that they were impressed with an idea and approved it for the mockup room. The lace 20 x 20 cm, as an emblem, was introduced for the headboard. From there on, we were awaiting the decision if the lace will be a part of the rooms or part of the reception! You can see the first lace below.
Empowered by the excitement and curiosity, I continued visiting Lefkara and walking through its narrow streets decorated with many different flowers, paintings, and even books. My feeling intensified by irradiating the old rocky houses conjuring the ancient atmosphere. Here you can test your soul. If it is positioned in the right place, one can sensate spirits wandering around to detect the visitor’s aim. If your soul is strolling without having the place to park itself and work clearly, you will be deprived of unique experiences. But for a curious truth seeker, that will give birth to the idea to revisit Lefkara. I remembered that many historians did not confirm Leonardo da Vinci’s visit. While researching, I recalled my participation and the opportunity to ask eminent connoisseurs of Leonardo da Vinci’s work like Professor Seracini during his memorable lecture in October 2019, “Rediscovering Leonardo da Vinci: the secret lives of his paintings.” Here are some photos were taken during the lecture of October 2019
I felt that politics might somehow keep Leonardo da Vinci’s stay in Cyprus under the veil of secrecy. Secrecy, which is transmuted to legend as beautiful, profound words of His Excellency the Italian Ambassador to Cyprus, Mr. Andrea Cavallari, conveyed at the opening of the lecture: “The legend says that Leonardo da Vinci traveled to Cyprus and that he brought back to Italy a beautiful piece of embroidery from Lefkara village for the altar of the Duomo in Milano. I am sure that, 500 years later, the “piece of Leonardo” that Professor Seracini will bring to Cyprus will enlighten us on Leonardo’s struggle to expand the limits of human knowledge, combining as never before, hope and reason. May his work and research be an example for all of us,” Common sense made me adopt a strong feeling that it was not only politics but also the financial interests of the leading players at the time that did not allow Caterina to get involved intimately with anyone, to be sure that the chances for an eventual new successor will be reduced to zero! This assumption becomes more profound if you learn that Leonardo was 29 years old and Caterina 27 years of age at the time of his 1481 visit. To make my premise even more interesting, keep in mind that Queen Caterina lost her husband, King James I, suddenly in 1473, and her only son, King James III, slightly more than one year old, in 1474. As Queen Caterina stayed without descendants and was under the constant pressure of Venice merchants, including her own family with vast business interests in Cyprus, she succumbed. In February of 1489, she finally ceded her rights to the doge of Venice. It is from then that Venice started ruling Cyprus till 1571 and the Ottoman’s invasion.
Imagination and intuition are genuine human qualities that can be diluted with different definitions, statistics, and many other restrictive men made manipulative rules. It is always a fantastic pleasure to feel that you are not affected by that! So, let’s imagine Leonardo coming in 1481 to Cyprus and meeting Queen Caterina Cornaro. To greet him, she took him on a short visit to Lefkara village to feel the romantic and artistic atmosphere and boost his inspiration and her mood. Who does not like a passionate, young, enchanting artist! Especially when both were sharing the idea that people should be judged only by their virtues and not by their flaws. Maybe Leonardo, impressed first with the beauty and manners of Queen Caterina and secondly by the quality and uniqueness of the laces he saw, conveyed to her that he will move to Milan next year to work as a painter and sculptor under the patronage of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. Then as a memory of the visit and his first encounter with Queen Caterina, he bought or was presented with an exceptional Lefkara lace! No one can deny that love ignites people in the millisecond and opens all the pores! If we say that in love, one feels more than it should and suffers more than thinks, dreams more than lives, then it would be inevitable that Leonardo never forgot his Cyprus visit and, of course, Queen Caterina Cornaro! You will read more about Leonardo and Caterina in the upcoming book “Quarantine Diaries and Beyond.” Whatever they say about Leonardo’s affiliations and Caterina depressions, my intuition is making me shiver. Lefkara generates that kind of atmosphere to make people want to connect! I felt it on my own skin!
To come, for the moment, to the present and recommend to the visitors of Robinson Club Cyprus to ask their hosts about Lefkara excursions! But, if you ever go to Lefkara, do not go only one time. Repeat the visits. As I already said, it is excellent for the soul! The first impression is essential, but you need to go several times to feel more. Lefkara has some force, some energy, some secrets that it is not revealing immediately. It waits for the repeated visitors, and then it chooses whom to target to enlighten further! If you feel something extraordinary after visiting Lefkara, be sure that when going back to your living place, you will take with you unique vibrations to use it, consciously or unconsciously, as a foundation for your advancement! In any field! Just imagine Leonardo da Vinci whose creativity rose to the stars after his visit to Lefkara. The period 1482-1500 and while he stayed in Milan “was the most fruitful of fully completed works and of other resumes later.”
While visiting Lefkara when there were no tourists, I had a human, genuine pleasure to meet many people. They all were an inspiration and somehow medium to sense that old, natural, unique excitability. That is how over the coffee at friendly and above all full of wise proverbs “Καφέ της παρέας” or “Companionship Coffee shop,” I first met Neofitos, the young and absolutely aware and aware owner and then all the others. It overwhelmed me with such a positive atmosphere and pure human smiles and hospitality that I wanted to stay for an extended period. It was another reminder that we are all good as humans. We just need initiation of positive vibes around us. One old but the well-aware and wise man paid for my coffee, and we exchanged thoughts learning that the nearby shop I visited was his and his wife and that he was a father of Mrs. Margarita, I will introduce to you later. Also, I met the husband of Mrs. Margarita as I ordered some more Lefkara lace to give an option to Sophia if she needed one. At the time, I did not know whom I met and what kind of history that family carries, but I felt a complete, human, genuine trust! We exchanged many opinions and shared as many life stories with the people there that will be revealed in another essay about innate human goodness!
This air of genuine hospitality has first initiated and then matured in me the idea that, in the end, the Mona Lisa may be Caterina Cornaro, the secret love of Leonardo da Vinci! Does not need to have the same face! The structure of both looks familiar, and we will never learn what and about whom Leonardo was thinking when painting the so-called Mona. I could change maybe the saying that eyes do not lie to hands do not lie. Why? Guess by yourself. You might think that I exaggerate, but when I took Mrs. Margarita’s unique, black lace, I felt Leonardo Spirit and another one mingling around whom I recognize as Knight without being able to identify the name!
How did I get the honor to be introduced to Mrs. Margarita’s unique lace? Well, the Robinson Club Cyprus owners decided not to have the original Lefkara lace in each room, as it would be an issue for maintenance. Still, instead, they wanted to introduce more extensive lace, two of them at the resort’s reception. So, the “usual suspect,” being me, was kindly asked to go again to Lefkara and organize the lace making. I accepted it with pleasure and went again to see my now dear friends and to order two pieces of 40×40 centimeters handmade original Lefkara lace! I went to Mrs. Margarita’s shop, and after the designer Sophia’s approval, the deal was done! However, life always has surprises hidden in the sleeves! While discussing the lace order, Mrs. Margarita informed me that one of the laces she made was selected by Michelangelo Foundation to participate in the Milan exhibition! She conveyed that certain Mr. Jean Blanchaert from the Cultural Council of the Michelangelo Foundation visited her and picked the lace! As curious as I am, I said to dear Mrs. Margarita to bring the lace when I come to pick up the already ordered laces for Robinson Club Cyprus Resort. Sometimes waiting for things to happen can result in stress, but I did not feel one as somehow tranquility and calmness overwhelmed me. I think that I got in love with Lefkara, with Caterina and Leonardo and all the people I met there and about there! If you agree with Plutarch that the soul of man in love lives in someone else’s body, I can say with all certainty that parts of me are left will all those beautiful people I met in person and spiritually! A week passed, and it was the day to go and pick up the laces from Mrs.Margarita and meet the lace chosen by Michelangelo Foundation Cultural Council member Jean Blanchaert. When I saw two laces ready, I was so proud to participate in this venture and highly grateful to work with Sophia Suri and to follow her idea till the end. You can see the photos of the identical laces ready to take place at the new Robinson Club Cyprus reception at Alaminos village.
Furthermore, Mrs. Margarita presented me with THE LACE and told me the story. Before the story, I want to share with you, dear readers, the feeling I had when my hands took the lace! I felt that I went back like with the time machine being a knight wearing the same lace as an armor! The lace was different! It was black and cumbersome! It reflects security, pride, chivalry, humanism, and completely unexplainable passion and love!
That was the moment when I felt that Leonardo da Vinci is for the second time among Cypriots! That was the moment of awaking cognition, awareness that Leonardo loved Caterina and never stopped loving her in his own way! Mrs. Margarita told me that it took her four months to finish the lace you see in the picture below and that her life motto was always to “challenge her efforts to be different and curious!” That was precisely what Sophia was doing by suggesting Lefkara lace and Leonardo da Vinci’s story as an inspiration for the Robinson Cyprus project! That is what the undersigned is following for a long time now! If there is any conclusion to be made, it is that the people with the same vibration meet and cooperate smoothly, connecting their curiosity and passion for leaving something behind!
Curiosity does lead to the inspiration of any kind. Positive or negative. I will always concentrate on the positive side. Yesterday late afternoon with working hours expired I wanted to visit the same place for the third time. The first time was during the second Cyprus lockdown in January 2021. When going to work, I passed by this fantastic place, then obviously closed. I spotted a beautiful garden, and literally next to it, a ship-style bar combined with the sea view, giving the perfect shape to absolutely unique scenery. Then I thought to write about Leonardo Da Vinci and his “Second time among the Cypriots,” imaging what he would say or paint inspired by this place. Maybe in Cyprus, he got the inspiration to leave with us some of the words like: ” As well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” As many different feelings were playing inside of me, I could not help it, so I went back to a nearby town to take away some food and eat it in, then, utterly deserted place. It was an excellent, fantastic decision. Being alone with the sea, I started singing using the music created by waves. Concerns about the present and future disappeared, replaced by new ideas or, better, old ideas surfacing the soul, reminding me that they were always there, just that I was not ready to feel them! Does it happen to you also? These thirty minutes of my first stay were a flywheel to continue with all the possible and impossible enthusiasm and understanding of all the actions of our fellow human beings. I confirmed within myself for one more time that people are good! Maybe that many do not know that for themselves, but THEY ARE GOOD! When they realize that it might hurt them, but no pain, no gain. With the pain of admitting your mistakes, you gain wisdom and humanity. Never is too late. Courage and common sense are needed.
So, I left the place with a contract signed in my mind that I will come back. Five months passed, lockdown number two became lockdown number three. However, everything which has the beginning has an end also. We must realize that nothing is forever and that our joint road is taking us all to the same destination. But before that destination, we have many things to do for the good of ALL by starting from ourselves.
Just a week ago, I visited the same place, now open. It was out of curiosity and, as I already said, the contract with my mind. Sudden but safe move and we parked the car to approach the garden and have lunch. It is not always, and indeed, it is not a rule, but this beautiful place also has the most tasteful food. It could be that the whole atmosphere adds to the taste completing the harmony. We enjoyed beautifully presented refined food, amicable service from the entire family wearing the same fashionable and plain T-shirts. Each table has a different number decorations, making visitors accumulate infinite positive feelings. With all this overwhelming excitement, we left towards another place I will write about soon to further increase the pleasure of living in this world. Below you can see some pictures from the second visit.
Meet “PAS TO KIMA” or in English ” AT THE WAVES.”
The story will never be complete as love for a person or place never disappears when you feel it genuinely. You have a need to test it and meet it from all sides! Just after five days, the third “date” happened. The date with the same place but at a different time. The time for dinner with the sunset. It reminded me of the Third date in Toledo, the poem of 19th century romantic Gustavo Adolfo Becquer! Not because of the third date poem he left with us, but because of the presence of the excess of emotions!
Enjoying food and the scenery, this time having the whole star, our Sun as a companion, I realized that this place exists with one purpose! To help you, to enable us to feel real love! To teach us that we can feel real love many times in our short lives. Especially with these sunsets, like you can see below!
There will definitely be fourth, fifth, and many other dates at this magnificent place “PAS TO KYMA, or “AT THE WAVES,” so let suggestion at the end of this writing be Leonardo Da Vinci words: ” It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment are rarely sitting back letting things happen to them. Instead, they go out and happen to things!”
Extracts from the book “Quarantine diaries and Beyond.” All rights reserved.
The world as we know it is changing. Things are unwinding. The billionaires understand that they are not as powerful as they thought and, indeed, as many of us still believe. That is another message to all those blindly supporting lost cases! Those support everything that comes from sophisticated propaganda, not realizing that it is the way of brainwashing at its best. Lost cases are those that are based on lies and deceptions. Always. Just that they are courted to one extent till they are needed. Then when they cross the line and think that they are omnipotent, they are sacrificed by forces that exceed all the billions and influence they, poor people, thought they have. That is a type of change. Awaking is also the way of a change! Like is sleepwalking. I firmly believe that all of the blindness, sleepwalk, depression, and other destructive emotional states come from the educational system that became a “Landfill of useless things!” “Landfill of useless things” is so powerful expression used by a friend of mine, Ph.D. in Philosophy and aware, awake person! He is, first of all, a genuine human being, and then we can add all the other titles. Educate your children at home! Educate them with virtues and common sensed plays. Let them love books and count the stars! Let them dream! Let them get lost in their dreams, their thoughts! Let them wake up early to enjoy the sunrise! Let them love freely! Let them love with full lungs! Without masks! “What is the change for you?” That is the question I received online ( became modern to do things online) from a fellow Toastmaster to give a little publicity for our upcoming meeting. My reply was swift, and here it is. While visiting a pub in England, more than 100 years old, my friend ordered a beer. The beer came, and he gave a 10-pound note to pay for it. After a while, he consumed his beer, but the change did not arrive yet. So he kindly asked the barman, “Excuse me, what about my change? ” to get an immediate answer: “Change? We don’t like change here.” Joke aside, change is a process, not an institution. Like Science is! It is a process in which many lose directions, and many discover beautiful things. I could call change to be the process of becoming!
To add some thoughts for the sake of the diary, Quarantine Diary and Beyond, the process of becoming is not defining what you will become or what you are becoming! You might become a billionaire but emotionally completely destructed person with a triple personality. You became! But what? Or you became, just, a human being with compassion and genuine love towards others. You also become! As there is no free lunch, if you think that it is possible to combine, you will be disappointed running for that without ever being satisfied! The choice is yours. The option is ours!
Things are simple and obvious. You only need, and that is the truth, common sense! Free mind and a decision to abandon the “landfill of useless things,” one being statistics! And to remind you that one great mind that of Sir Isaac Newton left with us and this simple sentence: ” I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion…”
Dear all readers! Unite as humans! It is possible!