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Quotations and cynics



Budimka Popovska

(nun Makrina)

Quotations are the easiest and the most beautiful part of a text. The author can secretly triumph just for sharing the opinion of somebody from some other time and other space. The origin of the quotation is not important.

Everything can be quotation. Some strange little turn of an unfamiliar street in a city you visit for the first time. The smell of private little bakeries early in the morning. The thought of how some other piece of space looks like at the same time. The faces of random passersby. The infinite chain of reasons and consequences. Literary everything. Including your intimate debate on what is reality in the sea of impressions.

How much does reality depend on our perception and our senses?

Humans have five senses.

If we add the sense of an approaching danger six. Sense of depth, seven. Sense of experiencing music through colors – eight.

Sharks have a highly developed electro-perception which gives them the ability to perceive natural electrical stimuli.


They have an organ on their head that serves them as an echolocation. A dolphin mouth has the shape of a smile. Their brain is huge with highly structured brain. Their teeth are also scattered in a way to function as an antennae which collects the sounds from far away.

They also have a sense of joy and compassion. And playing.

Birds and insects have a sense of magnetic field – magnetoception. They use it in their navigation system. For flying.

But the agency for authorship has no understanding for the most sensitive perception of certain authors, especially if they are related to their insatiable appetites.

here is some of the most dangerous quotations which does not circulate as rain around some town from the proverbs at all, but has the target on an idea towards which everything  on this planet moves slowly but securely: “Authenticity is priceless, there is no originality. And do not bother to hide your ‘theft’, on the contrary…In any case, remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It is not important where did you get the idea from, but what will you do with it…”.

Said Jarmusch Jim and stayed alive.

It is inspiration that counts. Then, the road of freeing creativity is individual. Dum spiro, spero. Hope dies last. In fact it is immortal. Only death itself is mortal. And the fear of death.

Perception of pain is called nociception. It precepts the pain of the internal organs (except the brain), the skin and the joints. That is what neurology says. The brain does not perceives pain. Pain is just an illusion.

What is the role of the nervous system in creating the reality? Is pain the only phenomenon in the world that relativizes reality? Zoology says animals cannot get sick. Only those kept by the humans, converting them in their housekeepers or pets, in the type of oxen for ploughing, chicken for laying eggs, dogs for keeping herds and the like. If you separate the faithful dog from its beloved master, the dog can die of sorrow, or after enjoying its freedom, can eventually die of hunger.

In philosophy, though, to be a dog literally means to bark or to talk in the language of the dog that barks, but does not bite. The cynic is responsible to speak the truth even though in most cases it can cause pain. It can hurt. It can open your eyes. It can open some old wound that you thought it was healed.

Members of the cynic school from ancient times till today have the same principles of life. Redundancy is one of the major. Lesser the better.

The principles of the contemporary and spending society pull at the other side. It is enough to peep in the closet of an emancipated woman preoccupied with work. And in order to respect the compulsory dose of faith’s irony, she does not have much time for dressing. Her closet if full of loads of fine clothes, which might never be worn, but it is important to be bought, and then to have in possession.

Cynics have been taught of a simple and a decent life in harmony with the nature since they were little. When Diogenes realized that he could drink from his hand, he throw away his glass. The wiser a man, the smaller his needs. A man is free when he does not have needs. Still, would Diogenes have a mobile phone today? Would he drink from his hand or would he make a compromise using the cheaper water filters? Where is the end of the battle for survival, and where is the beginning of hedonism?

Is water today used for drinking or contamination?

A wise man does not need anybody but himself. And in order not to mix this with selfishness or God forbids the shops to stay empty, it is not a bad thing to be partial to stupidity. The one about which Einstein said it was infinite, ending quotation.