I started this site as an attempt to live certain fantasies of mine as well as a way of letting some steam go since a lot is happening around me that I do not particularly like and, even worse, a lot is happening that really annoys me at first and makes me feel sad when I recall it. Feeling really helpless knowing that there is very little that I can do to remedy the 'torments and the sorrows' of the world I thought of the web as a very personal solution.
The idea that some of this text which conveys my thoughts and feelings might be read by others makes me feel better. Communicating is something that I was always very keen about but, for some reason or other, I failed to satisfy that need of mine to its full extent.
I was into the books of Hermann Hesse at the time it all started, hence the face in the opening page. Also, the title of this section came from one of his books, Steppenwolf, a really haunting book for those that have the inclination. I was passing by a kiosk in Athens many years ago when the cover caught my attention. I am not embarrassed to admit that it was the cover that attracted me, not the author, for instance. So Demian was my second book by Hesse, Siddhartha being the first (thank you Tassos for giving Siddhartha to me, the timing couldn't have been better). Steppenwolf came later and the culmination was the Glass Bead Game which was followed by Escher, Gödel, Bach - An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hoffstader, being actually a Glass Bead Game in it's own right and the Mind's I a collection of papers edited by Douglas Hoffstadter and Daniel Dennett (beautiful piece by Stanislav Lem in it). The period I am referring to being rather 'creative' included Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig and the Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart. Combine that with psychology studies and a young age and you realise that the mixture was explosive. Later I realised, of course, that it is all in the genes and it would have happened anyway ...
[Back to our story ] So this site is as unconventional as a web site can be (I think). Demian's face serves as the entry point (passed the smoking skull that is) where parts of it are clickable and lead to a set of sections with different titles, not necessarily related to the contents. The buttons on the left are always the same in appearance and text description but lead to different pages making the whole idea of navigation obsolete. You just click and you hope to find something interesting or, perhaps, less boring. The only buttons that are true to their name are Phaedrus, Feedback and Gallery. You are welcome to use them all. Phaedrus will take you back to Demian's face, Feedback will simply turn on your mailer in case you want to say something to me and Gallery will take you to a collection of photographs that I like and I thought of sharing them with you. I hope you like them. If you don't it doesn't matter. I do.
Actually the number of the buttons available was dictated by the words in the phrase from Plato's Phaedrus as quoted in English in Robert Pirsig's book Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.
In a way, this site is something like an inquiry into values albeit simplistic and naive and, of course, idiosynchratic.
As explained elsewhere some text in this site is in English and some in Greek which is my native tongue. I alternate between the two now since, having spent a good number of years in the UK, I can express myself in English better when it comes to certain matters. However, as you will realise most of the material is in Greek.
I live in Greece and I intend to die in Greece also. Alexis Zorbas, the famous Greek character that most people know from the film (unfortunately) and not from the Nikos Kazantzakis book wanted to die standing up, something that he actually did when the time came. I hope to be able to do something similar - not necessarily standing up - in the sense that my cease of existence will be yet another act!
As a matter of fact I intent to die in Samothraki. The notion came to me when I first visited the island over ten years ago and now apparently is becoming a lifetime goal. Since I am rather poor any contributions to this end are most welcome (not kidding).
To finish this, in case you wonder why did I bother with the personals, well, many times when I visit web sites I wonder who is behind the text and the images being displayed. I decided to write this in order to sketch myself for any of you who might be interested.
Thanks for visiting, have a nice time and always remember that it's for madmen only, admission free!