ETHOS in practice during the war

For the first time in my life I feel that history is being written directly in front of me – Robert Roreitner

It is the first time in my life I feel I see history being written directly in front of me – not, of course, by the brutal force of the Russian army which is entirely a-historical, but by Ukraine which has become, once more, the pulsing heart of European history. Ukraine of these painful days reveals for me both the terrible weakness and the surprising strength of Europe: weakness in the European chronic paralysis and impotency, strength in Ukrainian brave fight to be a part of Europe. I see Ukraine of these dark days as both the bad conscience and the hope of Europe: bad conscience for selling off Europe in the last fifteen years, hope that Ukrainian people are buying back a future for Europe by buying a future in Europe for itself – alas for such an immensely high price. I cannot find words to express my gratitude to Ukraine.

Robert Roreitner was born (1986) and lives in Prague, studied philosophy and classical philology in Prague, Paris, New York, and Berlin, worked as a post-doc at LMU Munich, teaches ancient philosophy at Charles University in Prague (from 2017), translates ancient Greek poetry into Czech.


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