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"Disentangling Ukraine from Our 'Narrative Lines': a Zen Moment for Our Droned Psyches!"

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Disentangling Ukraine from Our "Narrative Lines":

a Zen Moment for Our Droned Psyches!

By GARY CORSERI

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"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."

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(from "The Sermon on the Mount")

"Footfalls echo in the memory/ Down the passage which we did not take/

Towards the door we never opened/ Into the rose-garden."

(T. S. Eliot; from, "Four Quartets")

"" all that is seething below is an ever-present potentiality of consciousness."

(Carl Jung)

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About 20 months ago, I accompanied my Japanese wife on a business trip she made to Kiev. My interests were touristic and a bit genealogical. My mother's parents were Ukrainian Jews who had emigrated from Kiev to Brooklyn, New York around 1919. (Her mother had died before I was born and my grandfather, one of the quietest and gentlest people I've ever known, passed when I was 14, with never a meaningful verbal conversation between us, not counting spirit-talks.... I was glad to be raised in a secular home, respectful of different religious traditions, without any impositions from my mother or my Sicilian-Catholic father; free to find my own way.)

It was my first trip to Kiev, and somehow I felt "at home." It is (or was then) a splendid city of many parks and golden-domed, Eastern Orthodox churches. I fell in love with three different women--and that was in the first 10 minutes, while checking in at our hotel (praise beauty and nobility of spirit wherever it is found!). Applying my usual dictum--learn the essentials of a language and use them as soon as possible--I would say "thank you" in Russian (spasibo--easy!) or Ukrainian (dyakuyu--not so easy!). Invariably, Ukrainians were happy to hear me sputter either one.

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