Kierkegaard was right, and how the spirit of a Kievan Prince still lives

“People understand me so little that they do not even understand when I complain complain of being misunderstood,” once observed Danish philosopher Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, the spiritual progenitor of Existentialistism.

As I contemplate recent events and conversations, I realise Kierkegaard happens to be right in this epoch, as much he was in his own era.

Today, Monday, Nov 7, 2011 was supposed to mark the countdown towards the 36th Bde Day – which I must hasten to say is now just observed to maintain appearances given how its significance has been so diluted over the years, especially the last two or three ones, to an extent it seems more of a day for mourning than even the most muted celebrations.

Were all this not enough, the charges from one quarter — ostensibly meant to be a solace at trying times — over the last few days and culminating today in more wrangling today (Nov 7) is enough to transform one into Caroll’s Gardener (adjectives removed), singing the last verse of his remarkable ditty (Those who don’t get the reference may consult the collected works of Lewis C. and search for the work referred to to understand).

It is certainly not my intention to pen a jeremiad, but just consider what can be done when you find yourself again to have become Contra Mundum (Latin for… well, I refuse to provide the translation)  again!! For those having some knowledge of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the fate marked out for Cain would serve as a rough guide.

But I am not yet in that particular stage….. I can count on the moral support of two splendid personages. Though spatially distant, they can be relied upon to be reinforcements of goodwill. For the rest of the host of kin and kith, well it will suffice to say they have demonstrated, far beyond a reasonable doubt, that the only wise measure remains in donning the attribute of the Kievan prince alluded to above… the most famous one to adopt the epithet.

In its orginal Greek, it is Μονομάχος, or in case of this royal personage,  Мономах – the Latin form is Monomachus.

So, expecting that the coming holy date will be as much of a washout it has been for the last decade or more, it is time to become like the name of Владимир Мономах, Velikiy Kniaz of Kievan Rus in the 11th century.

More later…..


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