"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
“Do you think that one day we will be held accountable for our actions?” he asked.
“You know, Nathan, I’m originally from Columbia, a wonderful country with many religious institutions, but also much violence. I’ve lost many close friends there, but I’ve also learned something very important.” He took the time to choose his words wisely and then continued: “I think that if one day we do indeed appear before a Creator, he will not ask us why we were not stronger than our desires, or why we didn’t preach a Holy book. He won’t even ask on what basis we gave ourselves the right to take another life.”
“What will he ask, then?” Nathan asked curiously.
“The only question he will ask is: why did you not become what you truly are? “
But who are we truly? Isn’t that the question? We are Beings of light, of Love, of Truth. We come from the source of All…we are All, with unlimited possibilities. We may look different in our physical manifestations, and have different experiences, but we are all of the same essence… we are all OF “GOD”… If we remembered that in our lives, there would be nothing for a Creator to judge, because our actions would have reflected who we truly are…
Would you categorize your novel as philosophical or spiritual?
“Legend of a Nomad” is above all a philosophical novel, but there are many elements in it that can also earn it the classification as that of a spiritual one. Philosophy is an attempt to understand the world, whereas spirituality is more of an attempt at revelation, both of self and all around. The novel unites these two modes together, and so, it speaks to both our rational minds as well as to our deep inner sensibility.
The virtual world is becoming an increasingly large part of the real world, which, in turn, is causing several important changes in the literary world. How do you see the role of writers changing in the future?
It is obvious that e–books, as well as other technological advancements, have significantly revolutionized the way books are sold and distributed. Some writers have already made their books available online, usually for a small fee. However, the Internet is much more than just a showcase; it is also a place of exchange, a channel through which dialogue between the author and his readers can take place without intermediaries. So, increasingly, we will see new groups of readers forming communities based on their similar literary interests. The members of these virtual communities will be able to fully interact, not only with the writers themselves, but also with each other. This is a development that will undoubtedly change the traditional literary world, although there will always be a place for promotion and publication of the old market, As a result, authors and publishers will have to adapt to this development, since it’s obvious that publishers will begin to use virtual tools as a means of communication, in addition to using technology in a creative and commercial way.
Philofiction is a genre that merges philosophy and literature; shouldn’t there be a clear distinction between reality and fiction in order to avoid confusion?
This is a good question, one which can cause divided opinions. Let’s start by clarifying the definition of both these genres: a philosophical text is an unbiased reflection on all things; it should not contain imagination or elements of fiction. This means that characters may not be created and events may not be imagined. On the contrary, a literary text is usually a by-product of both imagination and feeling, meaning that fictitious elements, events, and imagined characters may be created. Now, let’s look at the difference the public makes between philosophers and writers: philosophers are usually known for their incomprehensible jargon, and for reasoning in a way that most people cannot follow. Literature writers, on the other hand, are seen as artists, as creative souls who do not really belong to the academic world. But what exactly is the difference between philosophy and literature? Is it the same difference as between a philosopher and a writer? A writer can have much more in common with a philosopher than with another writer. In this case the differences between two individuals within the same genre can be far greater than those between individuals of two different genres. As a result, we can describe philofiction as a literary genre that brings together both philosophy and literature by blurring the borders between intelligence and feeling, with the objective of permitting the reader to know no boundaries. Philofictional dialogues describe events and meetings between partially real and partially fictional characters who reason and interpret, but also clarify or contradict, all kinds of thoughts and statements, enabling readers to deepen their knowledge. Philofiction appeals to both our intellect and our imagination simultaneously, and therefore is no different from the manner in which each of us experiences life.
To what extent does free will exist in the context of Destiny?
Life consists of a flow of events and at any moment the possibilities offered to us can be accepted or rejected. These possibilities or events are never identical, but they do have a commonality since they are all part of a continuum of life; so it can be said that life simultaneously creates both change and continuity. The transition from one event to another always provides us with choices which we can accept or reject all, or just certain elements of it. It is essentially through these perpetual choices and decisions that we develop, and that we build our free will. Destiny never obliges us to anything since this would destroy both our freedom and our authenticity. On the contrary, destiny permanently invites us to further enhance our self-development and self-realization.
Do you believe we will ever be free of all forms of racial discrimination?
Racism is an ideology that is conceived to promote a political or cultural concept. Just the acceptance of the term “race” plays an important role in upholding existent dominant structures. It is an ideology that leads to social inequality, exclusion and rivalry, and prevents seeing the real social factors that are at the basis of the differences. As a result, when social inequality and oppression are given political and cultural legitimacy, groups are then identified by their undesired racial characteristics, and are blamed for social and economic crisis’. They are the scapegoats and become the object of social antipathy, thus diverting from the real cause of conflicts. Racism will disappear when people realize that “race” is an invented term and that we are all part of the human family, equal in every way.
In becoming detached is there not also a risk of becoming indifferent?
When we realize the transient nature of every situation, we also become aware of the impermanence of all matter- this is true for both pleasurable and painful situations. We become detached as a result of this realization. This does not mean that we enjoy life, and all it has to offer, any less. In fact, being aware of and accepting this fact, allows greater enjoyment of life because we are conscious of its impermanence.