I lay in my bed night after night staring at the ceiling and thinking, Why have I survived the war? Why was I the last person in my immediate family to be alive? I didn’t know.
The things I call crisis and all the things that were coming after me are all coming to serve the purpose of God in my life.
Hospitality, as with all the mountain tribes, was – and is still – a most sacred duty; and the man who would slay a chance-met traveller without pity or remorse for the sake of trifling gain, would lay down his life for the very same individual were he to cross his threshold as even an unbidden guest.
She had almost felt relieved when she was arrested. The thing she had dreaded, feared, run from had happened. When it came, she was strangely liberated from the fear. She couldn’t dread what had already come to pass. She didn’t have to anticipate the horror when the horror was right there. With her arrest came a certain calm, a quiet comfort. It had come. She had known it would and she could stop fighting.
Persuading everyone to behave decently to each other because the society is so fragile is a worthy goal, but it may be more straightforward just to make the societies less fragile, which means developing their economies.
Are you okay, man?”
“Yeah, I’m good.”
It’s a lie. I wonder if I will ever be good again.
To paraphrase Hannah Arendt-as portrayed in the recently released movie of the same name-the Nazi war criminal’s actions stemmed from her well-known phrase “banality of evil,
In the end it will be your “Actions
The streets were empty, the courtyards and gardens as if dead. In the Turkish houses depression and confusion reigned, in the Christian houses caution and distrust. But everywhere and for everyone there was fear. The entering Austrians feared an ambush. The Turks feared the Austrians. The Serbs feared both Austrians and Turks. The Jews feared everything and everyone since, especially in times of war, everyone was stronger than they.
Kakimi chertyami oni viigrali holodnuyu voinu?”
This translates roughly to: “How the hell did these people win the Cold War?