Connect and Respect. We can not chose where we are born but we can choose what kind of people we become. Have courage,dedication and love to present yourself first to yourself and let the others discover you!
Day one! People are good! They are always good! Even those that are bad! Even those that are selling to others their research regarding behavior. Even those that transferred Pavlov’s dog conditioning( now conveniently called “classical” conditioning) to emotional conditioning with like “Little Albert experiment” done 1920 at John Hopkins University. Great tradition. All people are good! To someone. So, as usual, I took the dog for a morning walk not knowing if it is vise versa as she dragged me with a lot of enthusiasm towards the nearby park. I was thinking that I am the lucky one as the park is situated just over 100 meters from the place I live but after I realized that those having a quarantine near the sea or those having the house in the village are better off than us staying in the city. And then common sense answer appeared! Be happy with what you have! Enjoy that what you have! And the best thing you have is YOU! Having that in mind my walk was combined with very optimistic thoughts about the future. Because of one ingredient! Just simple TIME! If this what is happening today with our civilization is a product of man-made alternations using protein Cas9 genome editing technique and derivates of it, then again time will show. And it will pass! Sometimes is beyond comprehension why are some people looking forward to other people suffering. Because it will pass! Instead to be remembered by future generations(many of them!!!) for philanthropy and altruism nearly all will disappear without being mentioned anywhere in 200 years when we, humans, will be settling in other planets. But first is the moon! However, thoughts were flying due to spare time, there are tremendous positive things which will, definitely, happen during quarantine! After a week of preparing and another week of getting crazy the third week will be producing some of the most unique thoughts humanity experienced! Even we might find out in the next one to two decades that new Nikola Tesla is among us! That new way of development of human species started taking place in the days of quarantine! What a gold for behavioralists! Good one! In the end, all those scientists might realize that real science is somewhere else. It is in us!
As the epidemic in the Italian province of Lombardy continues our eyes and ears and all our deep human feelings of solidarity and compassion go first to the people we know there and then to all Italians affected by this terrible situation. As we know each other for nearly 20 years the first thing I asked, obviously, how is he and his family. All good and under control as we are near but not at the epicenter of infection he replied. We stay at home doing many activities we did not have time to do as we all work a lot. Just two days ago we painted the house inside and now planing some repair outside. Refreshing the place you live in is beautiful as it boosts morale and good, positive energy. More negative ions are produced as some say that when negative ions are increased in the atmosphere our immune system gets a boost. Like after the rain when negative ions fill the atmosphere.
I told him that one way of boosting the immune system is to cut three, four slices of washed Lemon, put it in the cup and cover it with hot water and some ginger. there was a reply by usual smile! Then he sent a photo you can see at the beginning of the article! Plate with traditional Italian macaroni with hot peppers on the top, accompanied by the dosage instruction! It stated: Three times a day together with the glass or two of wine! Italian way! It continued with the humor about the concept behind it! “If we have to go away, better with a full stomach!”
We also read a lot and I am trying to learn Chinese language! It will be the fifth language in my portfolio! Then he sent me photos of the books written by Danilo Kis ( Homo Poeticus), Crnjanski ( Migrazioni I and II) and Andric ( Il ponte sulla Drina) proudly letting me know that he is reading again Migrazioni by Crnjanski.
We exchanged information about the virus and all sides of the story including politics, the future, after an epidemic, civil liberties and generally the state of our civilization. There will be a lot of work for all of us we concluded. First psychological and then merging broken pieces with the gold! As per Japanese tradition. Then we went on to find out who benefits? That will be seen after the epidemic is finished, even that there are clues already emerging. In the meantime, we need to stay safe and get more information and educate ourselves to the point of being more human and even more altruistic! It is not me it is us, we concluded. Hope all of us get to the same conclusion and practice it!
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The anthology is a real gem! I got it when visiting Iasi in 2017. The time when I “met” Mihai Eminescu and Ioan Creanga at Casa Bolta Rece restaurant. It is called Testament, that what we leave behind, but I can call it an introduction to Romanian language and mentality as it is bilingual and filled with poems. In Romanian and English! From Eminescu, Alecsandri, Stanescu, and Labis. And others like Vieru, Sorescu, Malancioiu, Paunescu, Ivanescu, Bladiana, Mazilescu, Arghezi and Bacovias”Plumb”(Lead) and Es pop “Daca n-as fi fost silit sa vorbesc”(If I hadn’t been forced to speak) and many many more! Real gem! It helped me to observe better Romanian society and a much more real, beautiful, traditional Romanian soul. Challenging but rewarding, as in the process, I became better then I was. I learned how, in uncertain times, interwoven with a lot of pain and struggle for survival, people are becoming more human and are expressing solidarity much more than usual. It made me prepared to comprehend immediately, to the full, the deep meaning of a friend saying, ” It is hard to be Romanian” a year after when we were celebrating a 100 years of Romanian independence! It made me happy to have so many Romanian friends understanding and sharing all possible and impossible feelings the life offers! Following is the quote from the introduction! “Totusi si in aceste natiuni mici se nasc, traiesc si mor oameni care trec prin aceleasi experiente de viata ca si noi ceilalti: imaginatie si plictis, dulce si ama, triumf si tragedie. De fapt, probabil ca aceste simtaminte sunt traite si mai intens in aceste zone, deoarece aceste popoare au fost bantuite de unele din cele mai drastice evenimente ale istoriei umane, aflandu-se prinse intre marile puteri politice.” And in English: “And yet in those little nations, people are born, live and die through precisely the same set of experiences that we all do: glorious imagination and dull drudgery, sweetness and bitterness, triumph and tragedy. Indeed, perhaps they experience these things more intensely than many of us, for these nations have been subjected to some of the greatest highs and lows in human history, as the unfortunate meat in the sandwich of Great Power politics.” The times we are living in can make us or to die out of fear or to realize what life is and what are we doing here! From Jurnal de zi or Daily Jurnal by Raminescu ” Alergam toti in cautarea acelui drum unic pe care fiecare dintre noi trebuie sa-I gaseasca singur. Oare la ce viteza cosmica am ajuns?” ” We are all running seeking that unique way which every one of us must find by ourselves. Pray tell me, what cosmic speed have we reached now?”
And at the same time reflect on our past and think like Es pop in his poem “Daca n-as fi fost silit sa vorbesc” ( If I hadn’t been forced to speak). Warmly recommended book! Iti scoate frica si iti stimuleaza sistemul imunitar! It takes all fear away, and it is boosting your immune system! Lectura placuta, Happy reading KINDLE EDITION BELOW
Viruses are everywhere. They are with us from the beginning of time. Extra small and dangerous accompanying every living organism! At his immortal book, “Rabies” Borislav Pekic stated that virus has no less right to kill to live than humans have to kill to rule! Or at “The Plague” Albert Camus remarked perfectly: “But what does it mean the plague? It is life, that is all!”
Let’s stop at the moment! Instead of fighting who will get more antiseptics from the supermarket shelves, shall we start thinking out of the dicey box? Instead of uniformity, let us embrace variety! By doing so, we might get into the conclusion that mother nature has made viruses as a micro copy of us, reminding us of our own vulnerability and fragility! However, viruses do not necessarily kill! They are in and around us. They can ignite many things, but they can also stand still! And they can run away! They are also here from always as a great sign of opportunity! Opportunity to be more human! To let others get that antiseptic from supermarkets and pharmacies! To give it as a present for people who do not have it! To help and to work together! To practice, yes, practice, humanity! As I was writing about Cyprus and real Epidemic, that of Love, (https://www.cyprustourismdeals.com/) togetherness came on my mind! Mutual Aid as a factor of evolution! Like Kropotkin wrote in his excellent book with the same title! “Don’t compete! – competition is always injurious to the species, and you have plenty of resources to avoid it!” Instead, cooperate! That is the opportunity viruses, with their existence from the beginning of time, are letting us have! Think about it! It makes panic to run away and, at the same time, inspires solidarity! And in the long run, solidarity always “proves much more advantageous to the species than the development of individuals endowed with predatory inclinations.”( Mutal Aid – Kropotkin)
There is an opportunity to practice solidarity when situations like this are happening! First, solidarity with other people’s thoughts, other people fears, whatever they are! Furthermore, as we all are painfully distrustful, we should give trust! That is the only way to learn who to trust! Viruses should not scare us! Implications of it, such as panic, stockpiling of unreasonable amounts of anything, are for concern! Let us recapitulate with common sense as a ruler, the knowledge, the feelings of rationality, openness, altruism! At the book “Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness: A Personalized Program” of Wener Hoeger, Sharon Hoeger there is a passage about Altruism.
“Altruism, a key attribute of spiritual people, seems to enhance health and longevity. Studies indicate that people who regularly volunteer live longer. Research has found that Health benefits of altruism are so powerful that doing good for others is good for oneself especially for the immune system”
And we could go back to the times when our parents read to us fairy tales every night before sleep and start reading it to our children! And by reading to our children we will be reading it to us again! A way to practice togetherness with the human beings we love the most! Here is a beautiful bilingual fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen and brothers Grimm book in English and Romanian available in Kindle.
Take it an practice it!
We do not yet have any other planet to go to! Earth is still one and only! Let us use this opportunity of a pandemic to wake up and be better human beings having as life motto to protect others from ourselves! When a virus finds out that we are practicing the protection of others from ourselves, through chemical reaction in our brain it will understand that it is unwanted and will run away and completely disappear!
What will stay?
Memories of togetherness and solidarity, altruism and love!
And it will be up to us to make them daily routine enriching our personality!
Maybe then we will realize why are we here and what is our life purpose!
In his”Memoirs Of A Revolutionist” Peter Kropotkin said:
“Sometimes he would advise me to read poetry, and would send me in his letters quantities of verses and whole poems, which he wrote from memory. ‘Read poetry,’ he wrote: ‘poetry makes men better.’ How often, in my later life, I realized the truth of this remark of his! Read poetry: it makes men better.” To contribute here is a poem of March 2017. It happened one night when I was lying on the grass looking at the stars trying to find out how we react when our love is under scrutiny. And it goes
One night in early 1431 in Smederevo Castle near Belgarde. “Mara, I know that this might be a lot that I ask you to do! I also know that I would not ask you to sacrifice your future if I had some other choice! After so many sleepless nights and internal fight of my soul and heart, I concluded that this would be the only available move for the good of Serbia and our family. I am asking you, my child, to marry Sultan Murat II and be one of his wives. I am begging you, dearest, for the highest sacrifice of a living person! To give life and continue living! I deep inside of me know, my loving daughter, that you have strength, that you are armed with deep instincts, patientce, and knowledge, which will be of extreme help to our family and our state! God bless you dearest! May HE THE CREATOR be with you at all times! ” Djuradj Brankovic the Despot of Serbia said to his daughter the night he decided to offer her hand to Sultan Murat II. Mara, who was raised with total, undisputed, unconditional love for her family and Serbia, accepted her father’s request!
One day in early 1468 in Venice. “Caterina, you know how our family operates, you know that our interests are deep and wide on the island of Cyprus! You also understand that the Kingdom of Cyprus ruler owns us a lot of money! We do not care for that money, so much, as long as there is more to further expand our fortunes. Maybe the time has come for Cornaro Family to step out of the Corner and get the place to govern. To extend our interest to other parts of the known world as doors will be opening faster and with better interest in us and what our family has to offer! Dear child, your tastes are high and will be secured by marriage to the King of Cyprus! Your way of living will be guaranteed, and your income increased. Your duty for our family and Venice, in some instances, will be highly rewarded! Your happiness might not be immediate, but it will be compensated with all the glamour possible. Happiness will gradually enter your life, be sure about it, dear loving daughter!” Marco Cornaro, Cavaliere del Sacro Romano Impero, Patrizio Veneto, the father of Caterina, conveyed to his daughter when she was 14 years of age. Caterina could not say no. But she was dreaming of her future husband and happiness to be found on the road of her life!
This is the story of two ladies who were born at different places with 38 years difference but who were very active participants in the history of the mid 15th and beginning of the 16th Century. Caterina |Cornaro of Venice crowned as Queen of Cyprus, “delivering” Cyprus to Venice and Mara Brankovic of Serbia, becoming Sultana Maria and influencing her stepson Sultan Mehmed The Conqueror who called her “Mother.”
The youngest, Caterina, was the great-great-granddaughter of Doge of Venice Marco Cornaro (1365-1368), bearing the same name as his second wife. Her grandfather Giorgio Cornaro was the first member of the family to get involved in the economic life of Cyprus. After his death in 1439, his sons Andrea and Marco Antonio (the father of Caterina), continued venture in Cyprus and managed to enlarge the business, incorporating Cyprus into a family enterprise. Caterina’s mother Fiorenza Crispo was the daughter of Nicholas Crispo, Lord of Syros. Father of Caterina, Marco Antonio, the great-grandson of Marco Cornaro, Doge of Venice, was one of the King of Cyprus Jean II creditors. He even received several villages around Trodos mountain as a guarantee for the sovereign debt. That was confiscated in 1460 by the Louis of Savoy and his wife Charlotte and returned after four years due to deep connections Marcos brother Andrea had with royals. All of the above and many other events to follow later, presented here were just a preparation from Corner(Cornaru) family for taking over Cyprus, culminating with engagement, and then marriage to King James III, which took place in November 1472 at Famagusta. There is a Cypriot proverb that says: “With eating there comes the appetite” definitely well known to Corner family! The new life of Caterina began!
The older, Mara, from her mother’s side, had as uncle King John II of Trebizond. From her stepmother’s side, Mara had a connection with Paleologos and Katakouzenos families. And finally, from father’s side, Despot of Kingdom Rascia and the Lord of Albania Djuradj Brankovic, her roots go to Nemanjic Dynasty Car Stephan Dushan and King Lazar Hrebeljanovic, who died at the Battle of Kosovo 1389. As her father’s first and oldest daughter Mara was somehow the instrument, like Caterina, of his diplomacy. Especially as he got married again with Irene Kantakouzene with whom Mara did not have a good relation. Irene was not at all popular with the people as they gave her the nickname of “Jerina the cursed” or Damned Jerina.” However, Despot Djuradj loved his daughter and asked her if she would get married to Sultan Murad II for the good of Serbia. She accepted the what at the time looked as sacrifice! Engagement with Sultan Murad II took place in 1431. Their betrothal was an attempt to prevent an Ottoman invasion of Serbia. Their marriage took place on September 4th, 1435, in Edirne(Adrianople). New life for Mara started!…..
For many people, the Bank for International Settlements, or short BIS, is unknown, and for as many, it is covered by the veil of secrecy, allowing procreation of many conspiracy theories. So what is the Bank of International Settlements, who created it, and how does it operate? Many publications inform us that BIS has been created, like many other institutions and inventions of human beings, out of necessity. The first necessity was to cover reparations of Germany after the Great War(1914-1918). However, as it came to existence in 1930 and WWI finished in 1918, the timing, obviously, was not right. But never it is too late. To the human common sense, with some historical knowledge, it looks that desperation to organize somehow Germans defaulted payments for some 12 billion dollars towards allies was behind the bank establishment. When going through some of the dates and meetings taking place, and reading some of the published books and articles, one can conclude that everything started when Mr. Schacht met Mr. Norman in London on the last day of 1923. Both were remarkable men. Mr.Schacht, six years younger, was just appointed as Reichsbank(German Central Bank) President as Mr. Norman had already three years in his position as Governor of Bank of England. Mr. Norman surprised Mr. Schacht by welcoming him personally to London and accompanying him towards the hotel where Mr.Schacht would stay. It looks like, at least to me, that after exchanging courtesies, one of them said, long before famous Casablanca movie, “…, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” And it was! …… The rest of the article is for subscribers only…Can be found at https://philosophyofgoodnews.com/2020/02/25/subscribers-only-article-bank-for-international-settlements-opinion/ and it is password protected.