The Devil Really Is That “Just a Little Bit”
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
20h ago
The devil really is that “just a little bit”, that “just once” that makes the transgression of morals a reality and disfigures one’s very being. It is true that motivation fluctuates and effort always ends up giving way; however, we need to be very careful that the fluctuations do not descend into a practice that completely sucks the spirit dry and ends up in the most complete betrayal. Rigidity and daily effort, yes, even if it is for a constant desire that does not always carry over into the real world. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email ..read more
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No Philosophy and No Religion…
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
4d ago
No philosophy and no religion that wants to be truly great can do without practice, that is, can do without realization through a real human being. Only example convinces, and only positivization in practice justifies theory, which, no matter how superior it may seem, will never be superior unless it also proves itself through its fruits. So, as convenient as listening to what it says, it is important to pay attention to what it actually does. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email ..read more
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Once, a Few Years Ago…
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
6d ago
Once, a few years ago, I was told that there was a piece of music whose weight was so tremendous, so dark and so dramatic that it seemed to contain something infernal. It was Prokofiev. I recognized the music immediately and smiled. Then, to make it clear that there was nothing exaggeratedly tremendous, dark or dramatic about it, I played a track from the Réquiem. At the first note, astonishment and certainty, opened up by an overwhelming contrast. The same feeling was repeated last night when, after four years, I returned to my favorite novelist, to the author to whom I have devoted the most ..read more
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Tolstoy and Dostoevsky’s Superiority
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
6d ago
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky’s superiority over other novelists is not technique and has nothing to do with technique, which shows that, in literature, it does not take precedence over artistic motivation, which is the essence of a work. What we notice in the novels of both writers is that, when we read them, we feel entirely absorbed by the narrative and an infinity of ideas move through our mind, but never those related to the artifices of narration, which go unnoticed unless we set out to analyze them exclusively. They are both superior because their motivations are superior. Facebook Twitter Wha ..read more
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What Makes the Germanic Genius So Curious…
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
What makes the Germanic genius so curious is its extreme perfectionism, present from the highest to the lowest manifestations of the spirit. This causes, above all, a contrast of enormous dimensions between individuals of different inclinations, so that it is surprising to note that in Germanic countries, as in others, there are neighbors on the doorstep and there is social interaction. Perhaps misanthropy has never been practiced with such devotion elsewhere, and perhaps there is no people with a greater number of notable misanthropes — not to mention geniuses… Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email ..read more
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It Is Always Automatic to Opt for the Least Effort
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
It is always automatic to opt for the least effort, even though this is often the worst decision. Therefore, wisdom is to consider when instinct has already decided, and to proceed against it again and again. Over time, the brain loses its impetus and, although instinct lives on in it, it seems to get used to the reality that the easier option is almost always the certainty of later frustration. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email ..read more
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Literary Idolatry Endures and Ceases Just Like All the Others
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
Literary idolatry endures and ceases just like all the others: it endures through ignorance, and ceases the moment the idolater realizes that the idolized does not fully conform to his individual convictions. That is why it easily turns into hatred in the most fanatical minds. The other path is that of maturity, which prescribes understanding that a great author will never entirely conform to our thinking; otherwise, he would have nothing to teach us. But how difficult it is, oh, how difficult it is for man to put aside his vanity and recognize in the other the different, how difficult it is t ..read more
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In the Phenomenon of Psychography…
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
In the phenomenon of psychography, nothing impresses as much as the indisputable literary quality of some texts, which fully justifies the process. The intelligence that express itself with elegance and clarity proves, through its form, to be worthy of attention. The expression sustains it and demands the right to a zealous appraisal, free of prejudices, as should be done with anyone whose lucidity shows that there is, at the very least, itself to be conveyed. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email ..read more
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Only Two Pleasurable Moments
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
2w ago
In poetic creation, there are perhaps only two pleasurable moments: ideation and, of course, completion. The first comes down to illusion, the second to relief. For the rest of the process, there is nothing but struggle and more struggle. We get one verse right, but the satisfaction of a moment disappears in the face of the need to get the next one right. We get the idea right, but the verse lacks rhyme; idea and rhyme match, but the rhythm is off-putting. And so on, plus the need to find words that, when accurate, do not fit the needs of the verse. The process would resemble the assembly of a ..read more
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There Are Ideas That Mature and Ideas That Time Makes Rot
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
2w ago
There are ideas that mature and ideas that time makes rot. All of them, however, seem to benefit from time, with the exception only being those that burst forth and demand immediate transposition onto paper. But these, if properly analyzed, may not be ideas at all, or just ideas, but passing states of mind that, once wasted, may never return. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email ..read more
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