15 SEC READING: Insult the dead

A novice went to Abbot Macarius seeking advice about the best way to please the Lord.

– Go to the cemetery and insult the dead – said Macarius.

The brother did as he was told. The following day, he returned to Macarius.

– Did they respond? – asked the abbot.

The novice said no, they didn’t.

– Then go to them and praise them.

The novice obeyed. That same afternoon, he returned to the abbot, who again wished to know whether the dead had responded.

– No – said the novice.

– In order to please the Lord, behave as they do – said Macarius.

“Pay no heed to the insults of men, nor to their praise; in this way, you shall forge your own path.”

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

One can argue that your books are about the journey within. But is there also a travel book lurking in you somewhere? Any particular place you would like to write about? Any particular travel memory that has stayed with you/made a big impact on you?

I’m a pilgrim writer and that inevitably appears in the way my characters deals with space. I’m in constant movement and very often I find that my characters need to equally find themselves in a journey. I believe that we are constantly experiencing transformation and that’s why we need to let life guide us. That’s what the main character in The Witch of Portobello, Athena, for instance, does: she runs the world in order to discover herself.

The physical journey mimics the psychological one in the sense that it’s only through this experience that she is able to grasp the deeper meaning of her life, the reason for her wanderings.

Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

You must have heard that there are numerous people who committed suicide from a sense failure. How do you view these incidents since you once said “When you want something, you have to fight for it, then the whole universe will help you. But not the way that you expect it.” In reality, is it a fact that not everyone will achieve what they want?

The concept of Personal Legend is beyond our daily lives. Joseph Campbell used a different expression, “Personal Bliss”, and we all know, when we are young, that there is something in life that makes us full of joy, while other things bother us. This is what Personal Legend is all about: following the path of enthusiasm. People who committed suicide from a sense of failure normally do that because they are following their parents path, not their own.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

We arrive precissely where we need to arrive
because the hand of God always guides
those who follow their path with faith.

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