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Playing with ideas is a nice habit. Artists are the ones doing it better then anybody.

We (non artists) are usually so careful with our own ideas that many of them get forgotten because we cannot see their practical part. Many of them are starting points for serious productions like essays, academic thesis, market strategies s.o. We lack the ability to simply use an idea for what it is and let it grow by itself. We must always fell that we control it.

Cristina David is living with and for ideas, she is feeding them and taking good care of them. Here is a taste of her work. Enjoy!

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Prof. Jan T. Gross visited our campus this week and presented his book Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz. It’s about how/why/how come Polish people that saved Jews during the WWII  wanted to remain anonymous and asked the people that they have saved no to tell their name to anybody.

I got the book and participated in a reading group where Gross answered questions related to it.  The book is very good though I imagine it must be hard to read it if you are Polish.  The professor made me think more about how important is for a nation but also for individuals to fully accept their past in order to be able to build a future. The Polish case is different that most of the East-European states and painful. You can read in the book and see in his presentation the personal stupefaction of Gross as a Polish when he sees how people instead of apologizing for the crimes committed after the war  are denying and pretend it wasn’t that bad.   

That made me think about the Romanian Process of Condemning the Communist System that was presented last December in a big loud circus because there were some politicians saying that it was not that bad…

Two days ago a 12 year old boy from Romania committed suicide because his mom was about to leave him and his brother& sister to go and work in Italy. He left a good bye note:

“I am sorry to depart from you on odd terms. With my funeral you should have no problems because the man will come to pay you for the wood. Sis, you stay in school. Mom, you take care of yourself, ’cause people are mean. Take care of the dog.”

Today The Soros Foundation published a research about the effects of migration on children left at home in Romania. 70,000 children between ages 11 and 14 have at least one parent that went to work in a foreign country. They found “a significant association between the absence of both parents or just of the mother and the frequency of depression symptoms in children”. 

Isn’t this ironic? So ironic that it hurts. 

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