CROSSROADS

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EN_ [If one lives without ever wonder why he lives wasted a great opportunity and only the pain pushes to ask the question …] There is a path in life. The funny thing is that you realize it just when life ends. You watch behind and you say: ‘Hey look, there’s a yarn.’ When you live, you don’t see this yarn, and yet is there. Because all decisions you take, all choices you make are determined, it’s believed, by free will, but also this is a lie. They are determined by something inside yourself which is above all your instinct, and then maybe something from your Indians friends call karma, and with they explain everything, even what is inexplicable to us. Perhaps that concept has some basis because there are things in our lives that can not be explained except by the accumulation of the merits or faults of past lives … – The end is my beginning,  Tiziano Terzani
IT_ [Se uno vive senza mai chiedersi perchè vive spreca una grande occasione e solo il dolore spinge a porsi la domanda…] Una strada c’è nella vita, e la cosa buffa è che te ne accorgi solo quando è finita. Ti volti indietro e dici “Oh. ma guarda, c’è un filo”. Quando lo vivi non lo vedi, eppure c’è. Perchè tutte le scelte che fai sono determinate, tu credi, dal tuo libero arbitrio, ma anche questa è una balla. Sono determinate da qualcosa dentro di te che innanzi tutto è il tuo istinto, e poi forse da qualcosa che i tuoi amici indiani chiamano il karma e con cui spiegano tutto, anche ciò che a noi è inspegabile. Forse quel concetto ha qualche fondamento perchè ci sono cose nella nostra vita che non si spiegano se non con l’accumularsi dei meriti o colpe di vite precedenti…[cit. Tiziano Terzani]
Note:  Tiziano Terzani was one of the great figures of European journalism: he spent almost forty years in Asia, studied Sinology, and as a correspondent for Hamburg’s “Der Spiegel”, the Italian “Corriere della Sera” and “Repubblica”. Terzani died on 28 July 2004. His last memories are recorded in this interview entitled “Anam” an Indian word that literally means “the one with no name”, appellative gained during an experience in an ashram in India.
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