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A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • A Short Rumination on the Perils of Russophobia

    The rise of political tensions is becoming scary. Sadly, the new false flag in the form of the poisoning of the former British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, and the subsequent media attack on Russia do not portend a bright future. Both Western and Russian analysts agree that a world conflict...
  • A Short Rumination on School Shootings

    The Florida school shooting last week was just the last in a series of random mass murders in the United States in this century. What used to be an outrage and anomaly only 50 years ago has now become common, not only in America, but also increasingly in other parts of the world. There have been cou...
  • A Short Rumination on the Meaning of Christmas

    In March 1924, the Synod of Bishops of the Church of Greece voted to accept the Julian Calendar. Since not all the Orthodox accepted the change, different autocephalous churches, and even some faithful within the same church, remained split between two different calendars. Even though all churches c...
  • A Short Rumination on the Hypnotic Effect of Computer Screens and Social Networks

    Have you ever had difficulties walking away from your shiny laptop or smart phone screen? Do you have a site, like Facebook or some other social network, which you have to keep checking every 15-20 minutes all day long? If the answer is yes, it is not surprising, since looking at your favourite webs...
  • A Short Rumination on a Significant Event that Took Place 100 Years Ago

    Exactly 100 years ago, Lenin, Trotsky, and their Bolshevik wing of the Social Democratic Labour Party were preparing for the final strike, the October coup that brought suffering and death to millions of people in Russia and the Soviet Union. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was supported by the German Keise...
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Do We Live in a Dystopia?
The literary genre "utopia" acquired its name from the novel by the same title, published by Thomas Moore in 1516. Various authors have tried to imagine a perfect society and describe it in the form of a project, tale, or novel. Plato's Republic is probably the first known utopia, describing th...
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