Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

How is changing your relation to the world? Are you becoming optimistic or pessimistic? Why?

Injustice exists and I can’t pretend to have an answer for that. I’m not a guru and I can’t explain why bad things happen to honest people. It’s also true that evil is much more visible than good. See how easy it is to destroy and how laborious it is to build. Nevertheless I think that we are all responsible if the world is the way it is. That’s why instead of looking for the guilty, we should look at our attitudes and ourselves. We cannot set out to change the world but we can try to change ourselves. If we are capable of that: of mending our ways, of being generous to life, then we will be able to see that good is everywhere. There’s a wide range of heroes that work in silence and that try to enhance the state of the world.

Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

One of your female characters in the novel “The devil and Miss Prym” says that hell for God is his love towards people. Can you explain this?

The character is quoting Nietzsche. In fact, I would not put the central question of this book into this optimistic/pessimistic views. A person must face reality as it is, and then try to work on this reality, creating a better opportunity for his life to develop. There is only one rule: dare. Dare to pay the price. Dare to be different. Dare to face the prejudices. Dare to go where your dreams lead you, and you will find the forces – and the guidance – throughout the journey.