When it comes to talking about the main qualities of a leader (journalists like to ask about it in interviews), I remember the traditions of the ancient Romans. Any Roman triumphant was entitled to a state slave, whose duties included two important things. First, the slave held a golden wreath over the head of the ruler. And, secondly (and this seems to me the most important), from time to time he bent down to the ear of his master and, through the noise and shouts of an enthusiastic crowd, reminded him that he was only mortal man, who should not get too proud.

By the way, let’s talk about pride and conceit. These two are very similar and are based on an assessment of one’s own merits and achievements. Our world is so arranged that rulers and leaders often overestimate their merits and slip into the sin of pride. It is interesting to note that pride in different religions, both in Christianity and in Islam, is a terrible mortal sin.

 

Apparently, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought not only losses and losses, but also records. The global gaming population is now well over the three billion milestone, according to a fresh report issued by DFC Intelligence.

According to its experts, about 40 percent of people regularly immerse themselves in virtual worlds in which everything is possible. Any mistake can be corrected simply by returning to the previously saved game, and any problem can be solved by applying a secret cheat code.
The findings of this research company can be trusted: for over 20 years, its specialists have been engaged in research and forecasting of the digital entertainment market, which reaches $ 150 billion and is growing by five to seven percent annually.

The other day, the social media advised that the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which was supposed to start on July 23, but was subsequently postponed to the next year due to the pandemic, might not take place at all. The reason why? According to the head of the Japanese organizing committee for the 2020 Games Yoshiro Mori, this can happen if the pandemic cannot be stopped within a year. The possibility of holding the Olympics with a minimum number of spectators, or even without them is also considered.

The background to the concern is banal: money. According to Yoshiro-san, the delay has already robbed the Tokyo Olympics budget of several billion dollars. Obviously, the absence of living spectators will completely pierce a fatal hole in it. It is no secret that the organizers of the Olympic Games receive the main income from the sale of services, tickets and paraphernalia to sports fans, so the sale of TV broadcasting rights alone is unlikely to make up for the lost income.

 

On 1 June, the world celebrates Children's Day. Children are the most precious thing that we have, for the sake of them we live. Therefore, I decided to talk about the future. Children are our future. What kind of future will it be, in what world will our children live? Do we need to worry about this today?

Recently, I stumbled upon a small article in one of the leading business magazines. It turns out that the demand for the construction of individual shelters - anti-nuclear bunkers and security rooms - sharply increased among wealthy Russians. These are completely autonomous premises where a family of four can stay for up to a year without experiencing any inconvenience (except, perhaps, psychological). Companies specializing in such non-standard facilities report that in the first three months of this year, demand for them has grown by 2000 percent!

I don’t know if it is possible to congratulate our readers on the end of boring self-isolation. It is just amazing how easy the new disease – which is still not the most aggressive and murderous known to man - has brought the world economy to its knees. Yes, but if only the economy!

The ease with which the pandemic knocked out mankind only speaks of how unreliable the former, prematurely dilapidated world, built on the principles of false liberalism and rampant consumption, turned out to be. It is not surprising that from the very beginning of the pandemic many began to prophesy world’s end and outline the contours of our near future.

 

For a month now, Russia has been living in self-isolation caused by the pandemic of a new coronavirus. Other countries declared total quarantine before us, and some have already crossed the traditional forty-day threshold (“quarantena” in Italian), but only few decided to take the first timid steps to return to normal life.

Obviously, the states’ leaders prefer not to rush, but the economic losses are huge. All have suffered. Of course, authorities, albeit to varying degrees, tried to support the weaker categories of citizens and sectors of the economy. However, it is simply impossible to protect everyone at the same time, and the trouble is that it’s not enough to get on the list of recipients of state aid, it must also arrive in time.

 

On the eve of a wonderful international holiday - the Day of Spring and Labour celebrated on 1 May - most recently passed the unnoticed anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. On 26 April 1986, the largest technological disaster in the Soviet Union occurred, the consequences of which are still felt. Almost 200 tons of radioactive substances were released into the atmosphere. The wind carried deadly particles around, and no one could do anything to prevent it.

We all, inhabitants of this planet, immediately felt how fragile the world around us is, how small it is, and how we are all defenceless against global cataclysms be it natural phenomena or technological disasters.

 And we realized that no ideology, no parades and bravura marches during the holidays will protect us from the negligence and incompetence of one single operator who, by moving his hand on the control panel of an atomic reactor, can put an end to the dreams and hopes of millions.

On the eve of a wonderful international holiday - the Day of Spring and Labour celebrated on 1 May - most recently passed the unnoticed anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. On 26 April 1986, the largest technological disaster in the Soviet Union occurred, the consequences of which are still felt. Almost 200 tons of radioactive substances were released into the atmosphere. The wind carried deadly particles around, and no one could do anything to prevent it.

We all, inhabitants of this planet, immediately felt how fragile the world around us is, how small it is, and how we are all defenceless against global cataclysms be it natural phenomena or technological disasters.

 And we realized that no ideology, no parades and bravura marches during the holidays will protect us from the negligence and incompetence of one single operator who, by moving his hand on the control panel of an atomic reactor, can put an end to the dreams and hopes of millions.

Tashi Delek (Hello!) to all the Sangha* friends:

I would like to take this opportunity to share some of my thoughts during this difficult time we are facing at the moment. The Government of India has imposed lockdown in all the states since March 22nd, 2020, so all the Dharmic places** including ours are closed. His Holiness is in retreat at his official residence in Dharamsala and is in very good health. Our monks are in retreat mode too and continuing our daily practices privately, while following the social distancing protocol advised by the Government.

 The Wuhan pandemic virus is creating a lot of problems throughout the world. During this time, we must pause and consider what is happening in relation to the virus pandemic. Perhaps, in the face of this plight, under these negative circumstances, we can still act in a way that accomplishes something positive.

A very talented singer, Lera Bazykina, launched Protect and Love flash mob. Its message is simple, like the colour of the sky above our head, like sunlight and a clear stream, like the splash of an oar that slightly touches the water of a calm pond on a calm day.

“Let's love our planet,” the girl said, “let's love and protect nature and all life on Earth, and most importantly, each other.” It’s easy! And it’s good that our children tell us adults about the main things in life.

 

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