Reflections on life, about its meaning, usually appear at the turning points of this life. Now I and my peers have such a time: the stage of life ends when everything was determined in advance, and not by you. It’s time to decide on your own: which way to go next? In which field will your work bring great benefits to people? What to choose, so that life does not pass without a trace?
A little scary to take this crucial step. But fear must be overcome and realized that the only way is chosen. Such an understanding will inspire, strengthen the will. And in the current conditions of life more active, strong-willed, honest and, most importantly, responsible people win.
By the way, about responsibility. The French writer Saint-Exupéry in the “Little Prince” said
The history of mankind keeps many names of people who have left their mark on it. Different these tracks, but in essence they are either creative or destructive. The latter somehow do not want to write, because everyone is originally set up to create.
Most recently, I got a pamphlet about the activities of the Cyril and Methodius brotherhood. It included T. Shevchenko himself. The purpose of the activity of the brotherhood is the liberation of the Slavic peoples from imperial despotism and the unification of independent states in a federative union. Each Slavic people, considered members of the brotherhood, will rule their republic, have their own language and their literature. Equality and freedom of people should be common. Many progressive people joined the Cyril and
To live so that the descendants will remember you, so that your works will be proud of generations… Such people include rich patrons of arts and patrons of art and education. People in different ways dispose of their wealth. Some rich people spend their money only on themselves, their families, buying estates and villas, their own planes and ships, acquiring precious stones and exotic islands… Others, like the Tretyakov brothers, collect paintings, financially supporting the ever-needy painters, create art gallery to give her to her native city. That’s what a wonderful track left the Tretyakov brothers! Another example is the Ukrainian brothers Simirenko. The organization in Ukraine of a publishing house in the native language, the creation of a foundation for the development of Ukrainian culture, support of students and artists – this is not a complete list of charitable activities of the family of Simirenko. Another example is the Swedish inventor, chemical engineer Alfred Nobel, who founded the International Prizes in 1901, which bear his name and are still awarded for outstanding achievements in science and literature.
Earlier in Ukraine patronage prospered, now only its first sprouts appear. And I am very pleased that one of the few contemporary patrons of art is our fellow countryman, a Kharkov citizen. This is the world-famous pianist Vladimir Krainev. On his initiative and thanks to his financial support, a competition is held every year in Ukraine, the purpose of which is to search for young musical talents. And he finds, and supports, and enables the winners to continue to learn. And Vladimir Krainev does not pursue any selfish goals. Firstly, because the professor is a true philanthropist, and genuine patronage is an unselfish activity, and secondly, I think the great musician agrees with the poet who said that “the service of the muses does not tolerate fuss.”
To live in such a way as to leave a trail in your life – first by the results of your work, and then, if you can, disinterested help to people – this is the goal to be striven for.