Hi - thank you for asking and getting in touch! As usual, I also apologise for taking so long to reply - yesterday, I logged in to DeviantArt for the first time since March.... It is great to hear from you! We are doing fine. A number of refugees live in our house now - eight people live in my family home in which I grew up, one person lives with me and my wife (we have only two room flat and two dogs so our options are limited), another two lives with my wife's parents and further three live in my grandmonther's flat which was empty after she died this autumn. So, we are fairly packed Also, cancelled my life insurance and bought a DJI MAVIC 3 drone which we donated to the defenders of Ukraine and now I am trying to crowd-fund money for another drone... So, other than work, most of our lives recently have been dominated by the war in Ukraine but we are safe and fortunately still employed How are you doing these days? Thank you again for getting in touch!
Well, I lost my job and I’ve been struggling with depression, but I am sure you are having much more difficulties than I am. I feel bad because I can’t do anything about the war and everyone else here doesn’t seem to care. A few people have accused me and called me horrible things because I support Ukraine and because I am an orthodox Christian. I donated some money to charity and I signed up for a mission trip to help refugees in Poland, but I don’t know if the trip will actually happen. I always feel inferior to you because you are so well-learned and so well-traveled.
Thank you for replying - I do not think I have more difficulties thank you do. These things are hard to measure and I do not think there is much sense comparing difficulties people face. Some things which are emotionally difficult for me are easy for my wife and vice versa. If people call you names because you care about the suffering of others then it just shows how cruel or dogmatic they are. Similarly, attacking you for the fact that you are Orthodox is just terrible and silly. Orthodox Christianity has a wonderful and rich cultural tradition - something that can make Orthodox people justly proud. Also, regarding Ukraine, many Orthodox people in Greece, Bulgaria or Cyprus support Ukraine while others support Russia - there is no one 'side' which all Orthodox people take on this (though I would prefer if more people would side with Ukraine). We do not know each other but from what you post and from what you write you seem to be a wonderful and compassionate person that should not feel inferior to anyone. If it is any conciliation, for the last two years I also have been struggling with depression because I did not manage to get to work as a lecturer in a university and my job in the Museum is fairly boring. Also, for the last two years I did not publish any academic articles.... So, thank you for being compassionate and congratulations on being Orthodox! If by any chance you will visit Poland let me know, I would be happy to meet and show you around ! All the best and lets stay in touch!