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Portraits of Congo

Portraits of Congo

Two amazing smiles.

Both children live in Boyabu refugee camp, near the town of Libenge in Sud-Ubangi District in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were thousands found refuge after fleeing the violence in Central African Republic.

These smiling faces can only make you think how little it takes to make them happy and the huge contrast between their world and ours. We could do so much more to help and yet we choose to remain ignorant.

Portraits of Congo


Silence

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.” 
― Norton Juster
“When you sit in silence long enough, you learn that silence has a motion. It glides over you without shape or form, exactly like water. Its color is silver. And silence has a sound you hear only after hours of wading inside it. The sound is soft, like flute notes rising up, like the words of glass speaking. Then there comes a point when you must shatter the blindness of its words, the blindness of its light.”  ― Anne Spollen

“When you sit in silence long enough, you learn that silence has a motion. It glides over you without shape or form, exactly like water. Its color is silver. And silence has a sound you hear only after hours of wading inside it. The sound is soft, like flute notes rising up, like the words of glass speaking. Then there comes a point when you must shatter the blindness of its words, the blindness of its light.”
― Anne Spollen

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”  ― Norton Juster

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
― Norton Juster

“You can listen to silence, Reuven. I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it. It talks. And I can hear it. ... You have to want to listen to it, and then you can hear it. It has a strange, beautiful texture. It doesn't always talk. Sometimes - sometimes it cries, and you can hear the pain of the world in it. It hurts to listen to it then. But you have to.”  ― Chaim Potok

“You can listen to silence, Reuven. I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it. It talks. And I can hear it.

You have to want to listen to it, and then you can hear it. It has a strange, beautiful texture. It doesn’t always talk. Sometimes – sometimes it cries, and you can hear the pain of the world in it. It hurts to listen to it then. But you have to.”
― Chaim Potok


Message in a bottle

“Let go of your constant strife to sustain and assert the idea of who you are. It is this massive effort of defining your identity that keeps you wedged in the chronic routine of comparisons and conflicts with whoever and whatever appears to threaten this idea. If you have tried to assert yourself for many years and you have accomplished nothing, then be honest and do something different. Just be nothing. Try it for one day. Release your idea of being yourself, and just be nothing, be the void. And as you are being nothing you may realise that you can be all that is”  ― Franco Santoro

“Let go of your constant strife to sustain and assert the idea of who you are. It is this massive effort of defining your identity that keeps you wedged in the chronic routine of comparisons and conflicts with whoever and whatever appears to threaten this idea. If you have tried to assert yourself for many years and you have accomplished nothing, then be honest and do something different. Just be nothing. Try it for one day. Release your idea of being yourself, and just be nothing, be the void. And as you are being nothing you may realise that you can be all that is”
― Franco Santoro


Cats crew !

“Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.” 
― Terry Pratchett

I shot and edited these photos with my Xperia in the parking around the office. Used some VSCO filters as well and I was surprised with the quality. Can’t wait to put my hand on the new Xperia Z3. Imagine how those images will look like !

“Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”  ― Mark Twain

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
― Mark Twain

“Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.”  ― Terry Pratchett

“Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.”
― Terry Pratchett

“I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats.”  ― Eckhart Tolle

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”
― Eckhart Tolle


Romania anului 2014

Aceleasi statistici ingrijoratoare- recesiunea economica, lipsa locurilor de munca, somaj ridicat la cote alarmante- prin intermediul carora aflam zi de zi cat de mult ne afundam noi romanii.

Ni se pregatesc cat mai multe gogosi televizate, frumos parfumate prin intermediul unor amnistii sau declaratii care mai de care mai directe si din inima, ale parlamentarilor alesi tot de cetatenii care framanta strazile zi de zi, alesi pentru a le reprezenta interesele in “satul cu ministri”. Strazile “satului cu ministri” ale anului prezidential inspira mai mult delasare si tristete decat optimism si incredere ca ” Totul va fi bine!”, optimism care odata ne caracteriza pe noi romanii cunoscuti ca fiind “hatri” si pusi pe sotii.

Este anul “ursului la miere”, anul alegerilor prezidentiale, iar functia de presedinte al Romaniei este un adevarat miraj pentru toti politicienii care au pornit pe culoarele politice ghidati de inspiratia de moment sau simtul practic al ideei de afacere, pe principiul ciocoiului si parvenitului national, care evolueaza intr-o societate corupta, din pacate, pentru procentajele de romani care se lasa purtati din ce in ce mai mult pe aripile vantului, de unde si cum bate, nemaicontand.

Multi dintre cei inscrisi in aceasta cursa stiu prea bine ca nu au nici o sansa, dar imbraca haina constiintei datoriei de neam, promitand ca “vor pedepsi raul si vor rasplati binele”. Asa se face ca, in Noiembrie 2014, buletinul de vot pentru alegerile prezidentiale va contine multe nume, deocamdata anuntandu-si candidatura 12 politicieni. Lasand ironiile deoparte, culorile stradale ne demonstreaza cat de preocupati sunt romanii pentru aceste alegeri care bat la usa. Grimase triste, analizand bugetul propriului camin si daca se poate ” strange cureaua” pana luna urmatoare, prizonieri ai dezinformarilor lansate in spatiul public pentru a se distrage atentia de la ceea ce ar trebui sa se analizeze cu adevarat, aparitii media, unde se arunca teme false, pe principiul manipularii grosolane.

Astfel se poate observa cu usurinta ca societatea e cufundata in somnul indiferentei. Sa fie oare principiul potrivit caruia poporul nu are nici un rol, decat in momentele de cumpana, precum rascoale, lovituri de stat sau revolutii? Sau e vorba despre ceea ce sintetiza cu peste optzeci de ani in urma Radulescu Motru in Psihologia poporului roman, “neperseverenta la lucrul inceput”?! Si nu e vorba despre romanul proprietar de pamant, care este cel mai persevernt agricultor. Mai exact, e vorba despre neperseverenta care si-a facut aparitia odata cu schimbarile politico-sociale de la inceputul secolului al XlX-lea, cand s-a deschis cutia cu politicieni si functionari la stat, si, prin imitatie dupa alte tari, a aparut o noua categorie, respectata superficial, cea a candidatului ales” ca in codru”.

Ganduri departe si frica pentru ziua de maine. Dar mai presus de toate, frica de gura vecinului. Iata poate un alt motiv ce poate sa determine acest somn al indiferentei. O alta insusire specifica sufletului romanesc, subliniata in anii treizeci in lucrarea lui Motru si pe care o putem regasi pe strazile monocrome ale Bucurestiului. “Cand un roman sta la indoiala, fiti siguri ca el nu sta fiindca are o convingere personala de aparat, ci fiindca nu se stie inca de partea carui grup sa se dea”. Si atunci cum ramane cu nationalismul?! Doar predica? Mai este important la aceasta ora ?!

Nu prea avem ce comenta, daca-i observam cum isi pierd din motivatie, deindata ce ies din grupul unde se entuziasmeaza impreuna. Si pe buna dreptate ,asteapta, probabil, bagheta magica a politicii care sa poata tranforma totul, indiferent de unde ar veni aceasta, din interior sau exterior, NATO, UE, China sau Rusia, cert este ca mai putin din constiinta propriilor valori, din fapte si initiative care sa echilibreze societatea. Deznodamantul acestor alegeri si soarta pulsului de pe strada vor depinde, cu siguranta, si de capacitatea romanului de a chibzui “la rece”, incat sa isi poata cultiva noi aptitudini, renuntand la a mai fi “mesteri de gura si rai de fapta”


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