Monday, April 18, 2022

Ukraine and the Gift of Meaning

The Ukrainians have been given the gift of single-mindedness--purchased, of course, at a horrible price. The package also comes with the kind of unity that derives from a shared sense of purpose. While the rest of the industrialized world goes to their therapy appointments, their yoga classes and afternoon trysts, a population under siege is infused with an otherworldly energy. It’s an extreme paradigm shift comprising both altruism and self-sacrifice. Ukraine is an exception as was the French resistance to the Vichy regime. It's more common for human beings to sell their souls in a Mephistophelian bargain. Fear and temptation can create a potent anesthetic. Just across the border in Russia and Belarus, much of the population is marching to the beat of, to put it mildly, a "different" drummer.

Read "Strangers Drowning" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

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