In a world where ugliness tries to prevail in a thousand ways and in thousand forms, it is ever more crucial to protect our world from it. It is even more demanding to bring beauty again into light, and bring light itself in our lives. Everybody knows that earth, our Earth, is not Paradise. But each and every one of us, can create their own paradise, or at least make the most of what we are given.
As the lyrics of one of my favourite songs (collaboration between Within Temptation and Tarja Turunen, former singer of Nightwish) suggest:
No we’re not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we’ve got
No, it’s not our paradise
But it’s all we want
And it’s all that we’re fighting for
I first heard this song while I was abroad, studying at a foreign university, in a foreign country, giving my best for a very demanding M.Sc. course. All my powers were dedicated there, but my heart was back home, in Greece, where nobody knew what the next day would bring. And this song reminded me of my country and its people. And whenever I listen to it, I shiver and draw courage at the same time. Because it is true. This is all we’ve got and it is in our hands to fight for it, to make our lives better.
So I am urging you all to follow what my favourite motto says, the one that distills the exact essence of my blog and also my conscience.
Make the difference.
In a world of misery
you should bring the light.
It is nothing but the translation of a haiku that I had attempted to write in Greek a while ago, but if you see it everyday, it will convince you that you can make the difference. And trust me, you can.