The most important things cannot be seen. Books, for instance, can be seen . They can be held, used. But their engendering source and the mind out of which they have been born cannot be seen. These two cannot be held, neither they can be used at will. The writer can be seen, touched, pushed, worshiped, killed; but no one can see, touch, possess or violate the source of his books. Out of the writer we can only see his body. We see the frame of the book and the body that contains the mind. But we cannot see the mind’s body. The mind’s body is the unseen, while the body containing the mind is the seen. The seen and the unseen are not separated one from the other like the world we live in by the other world. The seen and the unseen pass through us and they mix in each part of our body and soul; as they pass through and away in all corners of this world. (Foreword, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Partea nevăzută decide totul, Humanitas Publishing House)
Gabriel Liiceanu: “A true essayist opens windows in closed walls. Essays are acts of quick individual thinking; they are simpy mind games. These incisions which we made in the substance of the world are original; they are the result of some combinations that bring a inedited point of view on the world, that break through everything that was written on that topic since then and open a window toward a world that did not exist until then. In Romania the most important essayist are Horia-Roman Patapievici, Andrei Pleșu, Andrei Cornea, Vlad Zografi, authors that fit the domain of the philosophical writing.
Horia-Roman Patapievici: “Did you notice that Gabriel Liiceanu did not include himself in the list of Romanian essayists he enumerated? He is one of the most generous people I know(…) My book includes the two sources of the European spirit, which are the Christian tradition and the scholar tradition. Only after the unseen functions, then the seen can have its real visibility. The visibility without the unseen is hollow, it is the way we see the world in a cloudy day.”
It was a cloudy day today, with a lot of rain, but that did not stop me from attending the book launch and buying myself the second volume written by Mr. Horia-Roman Patapievici, whose powerful kindness, patience and good will really lightens up the room with each event he is invited to speak. He is one of those cultural personalities who stirrs up the crowd and while he talks street walkers stop and take pictures of him behind the windows. I am really fortunate to be able to join his events and I really do hope that this book is a mind-opener for each of the readers in search of a new subject to cling to. Food for thought. It can be found in the most peculiar places which cannot be seen, but perhaps they can be sensed.
Horia-Roman Patapievici: ” As Ezra Pound said: As if the world was made of the substance that composed Dante’s Paradise. At the core, the unseen allows us to see the part of Paradise out of the world we live in, the Paradise out of our presence in the world. There is a Paradise, which is not only the promised Paradise at the end of times, it is the constitutive Paradise which helped create the world. How can you see it? By seeing the unseen.”