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This virtual “self-interview” is actually a merge of pieces of discussions and thoughts  (in the form of Questions and Answers) I have shared with friends and students of mine, over time…


Q: Let’s begin with a personal question; How…?
A: Ooh… hm… tough beginning… I do not remember… they have passed so many years since I was born…

Q: What does age means for you?
A: Accumulation of experiences… The lifespan is counted not in units of years but in units of experiences… The more experiences you have the longer your life is

Q: What is the main features of your character?
A: Patience, perseverance and passion…

Q: …and your main flaws?
A: The same…

Q: If you would rewind your life 20 years back, what would you like to change?
A: Fortunately, this is impossible….

Q: Why you say “fortunately”?
A: Because, I probably wouldn’t avoid making even more mistakes than I have made so far…

Q: How many mistakes have you made in your life?
A: My entire life is a chain of tragic and wonderful mistakes...

Q: What is a “wonderful mistake”?
A: The one I feel happy with…

Q:  …and what is the most “tragic” of your mistakes?
A: The one I haven’t made yet…

Q: Have you ever suffered from your mistakes?
A: Of course… I have suffered a lot…
However, we learn from our mistakes… This is the way the life teach us how to live it

Q: Do you ask others to forgive you for your mistakes that hurt them?
A: I do not ask forgiveness… I recognize my mistakes, I take the responsibility for them… and I express my sincere apologyOne apology heals two souls… the one’s who hurt and the one’s who is hurt

Q: Do you forgive those who hurt you…?
A: Forgiveness is a too heavy word… To err is human, to forgive divine I do not undertake nor delegate to others, the role of God in order to heal my soul… It is very selfish…
I’m just trying to understand, ignore and move on…

Q: Are there “unforgivable” mistakes? I mean mistakes for which an apology is not accepted;
A: Yes… Those for which no apology has been expressed…

Q: What behavior do you hate the most?
A: The ingratitude – the discreditable lack of gratitude…

Q: What command would you give to your son:
A: According to Kazantzakis, “it’s my duty to give my son the great command to outrun me”… However, I cannot do this… Instead, I would say him never to accept any commands…

Q: What would you advise your son?
A: To be authentic and dignified and to travel a lot… to be a citizen of the world…

Q: What do you wish for your son?
A: TO BE HEALTHY… Physically and mentally healthy
and to follow my advice… to travel and to enjoy the beauty of the globe…

Q: What is beauty for you?
A: Beauty is whatever causes vibration of the soul… Beauty is the speechless eloquence of nature… and nature is the manuscript of God… Beauty is the Fibonacci’s 1.618 that occurs in the entire continuum from atoms to galaxies... However, we should be alive in order beauty to exist… Beauty does not exist unless there are two eyes to outface it and enjoy it…

Q: What is your motto?
A:Keep going”… whatever may happen around you, do not be distracted… keep focused on your distination… “Unless you look where you are going you will go where you are looking“…

Q: …any other mottos of yours?
A: I have many mottos that drive my life … An apothegm that I had adopted as my motto when I was young, and has strongly affected me, says: «I was sad because I did not have shoes until I saw someone without legs»… This motto taught me that «rather than complaining for what I want but I do not have, to be happy for what I do not want and I do not have»

Q: What is happiness for you?
A: Hmm, there are many quotes about happiness… I recall the one saying that «Doing what you like is freedom while liking what you do is happiness»… I do not know if this or which one describes happiness better, but I agree with Socrates who have said «Happiness belongs to those living frugal»…

Q: …and what is unhappiness for you?
A: «Unhappiness is the perpetual pursuit of happiness»…

Q: How do you know if someone is happy?
A: Usually happy people are smiling and laughing…

Q: Do you use to smile or laugh?
A: I laugh from time to time… I smile quite often… almost all the time…

Q: What makes you smile or laugh?
A: My son makes me smile… my wife makes me laugh…

Q: Hmm… Can you explain this?
A: My son is in my mind… My wife is in my life… both are in my heart…

Q: Who is your best teacher?
A: My son…

Q: !!!!… Your son?!.. I expected the opposite!! What he has taught you?
A:  He has made me wiser… Upon his born I realized what life is and how important it is…

Q: …what is life and how important it is?
A: Life is the exception of the universal rule that endeavors to become the rule

Q: What do you mean?
A:
The rule in the universe is death. This is actually described by the universal laws of Thermodynamics which speak of the tendencies towards “high entropy” and “low energy”… Life stubbornly opposes these universal laws of thermodynamics… An alive body is a system that increases its energy and lowers its entropy (is keeping highly organized)… Upon death the body is disorganized (entropy increase) and loses its energy…

Q: How does it achieve it?
A: With stubborn perseverance… Have you ever thought how stubbornly the life was established on the earth when the earth was inhospitable to life? Have you ever paid attention to some plants that grow on the surfaces of inhospitable rocks? Have you ever realized that life exists even under the inhospitable conditions of extremely high pressure, cold and darkness in the abyss (in the bottom of the oceans)?…
This is life…

Q: …and how important the life is?
A: Life is priceless and we should realize it as such… If you would see the earth from too far away, from the deep dark space of death of the universe, you would realize what life is and how important it is…

Q: What is the purpose of Life?
A: The purpose of “life in general” is its self-expansion, its perpetuation and its dominance over death… 

Q: What is the purpose of “human life”?
A: The purpose of human life is creation; It finds its utmost expression in the creation of a new life

Q: Who is your best life teacher except your son?
A: My supervisor… He never talked to me about life… but he never learned how many life lessons I’ve gotten from him… This is the way I remember him…

Q: How would you like the others to remember you?
A: I do not know how the others to remember me after I will have become past… However, as they say, «I do not want to be remembered by wrong people for wrong reasons»…

Q: What is past for you?
A: Past is the realized reality… Past is a black and white video or a sepia photo… Past is our experiences…  Past is our memories… Past is permanently recorded and unchangeable… 

Q: …and what is future?
A: Future is the potential reality… Future is a colorful picture or video waiting to be recorded… Future is borderless and experienceless… It is the unbridled fantasy… Future is when dreaming awake…

Q: …and, now, what is present for you?
A: The present is the real life… ruthlessly gnawed by memories of the past and anxieties of the future… Present is the visible future… Present is the next eternal millisecond… I will never forget my son’s questioning when he was about 6 years old… He was trying to understand the meaning of the “present” and he asked me to confirm his thought: «Dad, the “present” does not exist, right?… because before we complete saying the word “present” it has already become past, right? »…

Q: You said that “Present is the next eternal millisecond…”, what do you mean?
A:
This is the relativity of time…

Q: Would you, please, explain it further?
A:
I would try explaining it by a jock…
It was a poor man talking to the God…
man: My God, our one minute how much time is for you?
God: One million years…
man: Wow!!!
man: My God, our 1€ how many €s is for you?
God: One million €s…
man: Wow!!!….

and, after making some second thoughts…
man: My God, could you, please, give me just 1€!
God: Of course… Just wait a minute…

Q: you also said that “the present is the real life” and, at the same time, that “the present does not exist”, right? How does this happen? I am confused…
A: I am also confused!… And how not to be confused when Einstein has said that «The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion»…

Q: What excites you the most?
A: The concept of life on the canvas of infinity of space and the indeterminacy of time

Q: What is the glass for you, half-full or half-empty?
A: I am by nature moderately optimist… Optimism is a happiness magnet that attracts good things and good people to you… but do not forget that, sometimes, «pessimist is a well-informed optimist» who knows better… after all, both have been proved useful to the society… «the optimist discovered the airplane… and the pessimist discovered the parachute»…

Q: Which historical figure do you most identify with?
A: I admire many historical figures… I identify with none of them….

Q: If you were given a chance to have a dinner with a person, alive or not, who would be and why?
A: I do not know… I haven’t thought about it before… Hmm… I am thinking aloud, right now… I would like to meet with personalities who have left their indelible footprint with their quotes about life and science… To mention some names: Aristoteles, Plato, Confucius, Goethe, Albert Einstein, Thomas Stearns Eliot, Khalil Gibran…

Q: Okay, …now, let’s land in your real life.
Do you like traveling?
A: I like traveling, literally, a lot… but I also like traveling figuratively by Einstein’s point of view, who said, «I love to travel but I hate to arrive»…

Q: What is your favorite trip?
A: The one I haven’t done yet…

Q: Your favorite trip from those you have already done?
A: NY, Niagara Falls, Thousand Islands; Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor, …

Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: Sydney, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Japan, Grand Canyon…

Q: Where would you like to live?
A: NY, Miami or Paris… and, from Greece, in Volos and …in the terrible Athens…

Q: Have you any talents that is not known to those who know you?
A: I used to paint… but the gears of the life keep me away from painting… You should have a quiet calm and trouble-free life in order to paint… I hope to see myself painting again… this will be an indication that I have a quiet life…

Q: What is your favor color?
A: Orange in black… I don’t know why…

Q: Your favorite painter?
A: G. Gounaro (George Gounaropoulos), and, from the contemporary artists, Dimitris Mytaras and, especially, his Hagiography of Panagia Katafygiotissa…

Q: Some singers and songs?
A: I like some jazz pieces, like the “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck, as well as some not popular Greek singers, like Kadinelia, (e.g. link, link)…

Q: What virtue do you prefer in a man?
A: Trust, responsibility and maturity…

Q: What are the special characteristics a woman must have for you to say the big yes?
A: Respect, Appreciation and Admiration...

Q: Hmm… You didn’t say “Love”! Isn’t Love important in a relationship?
A: Of course, it is… I just described it… these three are the basic ingredients of Love

Q: Do you demand Respect, Appreciation and Admiration from your friends also…
A: No, not all of the three are demandable… You can demand Respect, e.g., in your professional environment, but you cannot demand Appreciation… Appreciation is only gained… Appreciation is hardly gained… and easily lost… The same is valid for admiration…

Q: In which case do you choose to lie?
A: Never – I cannot manage it, and I suffer when I have to say even the so-called “conditional lies”…

Q: Your biggest fear?
A: a cursed Alzheimer…

Q: What makes you get up in the morning?
A: My intrinsic instinctive duty to give the sun the opportunity to rise for me…

Q: It sounds a little bit selfish, isn’t?
A: No, not at all… The opposite… I am just saying I am grateful that I am alive to see the sun one more time…

Q: If you could learn something from your future through a glass sphere, what would you like to know?
A: Nothing… Usually people want to learn about their future… but if you learn in advance about some negative that is gonna happen to you in the future you will begin suffering it immediately… 

Q: …and just a last question, I see that you always close you sentences by three dots, not one dot, why?
A: I hate the dots; this is why I put them in sets of three

Q: What do you mean?
A: One dot declares end… i.e. death… Three dots declare continuation... i.e. nothing ends… Life goes on…

Q: Closing this (self) interview, who would you like to send a message to?
A: I would like to send a message to my son: In his life always be Fair to everyone – and even more so to his parents…

Q: What is fairness for you?
A: fairness is the quintessence of our existence… It is the Themistocles’ “Smite me, but (first) listen to me”… It is the Fokylides’ “Judge nobody, unless you listen to both sides“… It is the Menandros’ “Do not blame anyone without examining him“…
Fairness is the balsam of our soul, which exorcises our erinyas…

Q: You challenge me to ask more questions! but let’s put a dot here.
A: Three dots I would say …

Q: Thank you for this interview… I hope to talk with you again, soon.
A: Thank you too for the opportunity to express myself so the readers of this page to know me better…
I will seize any opportunity to feed this virtual self-interview with more Qs and As… So, the return visitors of this page to know me even better…

C.S.

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