‘I don’t build homes or lead a nation, I only sit here under the branches of a white acacia’ – these words from the poem of the Lithuanian poet Henrikas Radauskas (1910-1970) are carved on the pavement in front of the front door of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. Your eyes stumble upon them each time you step into the fortress of knowledge and you might think that in the modern world of of fierce competition, confrontation, intrigues and scandals both builders and nation leaders would find it useful to sit down under the branches of a white acacia – a symbol of the tree of life and world in European and Eastern cultural traditions – and have some thinking before taking action.
If the screenwriters of Brexit had noticed some acacia in the desert of their wondering, perhaps today Europe wouldn’t have been involved into this crazy divorce and uncertainty for the future. Or perhaps Brexit was an outcome of some previous reckless action, or even worse – someone’s well-planned scenario to destroy Europe?
Describing the 20th c. modern poet, who lived and wrote in the USA, the Lithuanian writer Tomas Venclova wrote: ‘Radauskas is absolutely obsessed with Europe. The traditional, eternal Europe, its buildings and museums, the middle ages, the Renaissance – especially the Renaissance – and the present.’
The poet would have truly been sad to hear that Europe, so proud of its masterpieces of culture, art and literature, was unable to give the most prestigious Nobel Literary Award to the most deserving author. For the first time in nearly seventy years the award was postponed due to a banal sex scandal. The Swedish Academy, established in 1786 and responsible for the Nobel Awards, was also touched by the currently global #MeToo campaign, which took representatives of the prestigious academy as well.
These values are now weighed in the old Europe. And that is completely different from the situation in 1964, when the French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre refused to accept his Nobel Literary Award due to moral reasons, because he refused all official awards, including the Order of the Legion of Honour of France, awarded to him in 1945, because that would limit his independence.
Remembering these peculiarities, the Swiss gallery owner and art collector Arminio Sciolli is glad about the ray of light in the shadow of the scandal – the book, dedicated to Swiss-Lithuanian artistic, cultural and literary relations, published in October in Locarno and recently presented in Vilnius. Another positive note is the intentions to present this publication for the Best Swiss Book 2018.
More than two decades of partnership bore important and significant fruit of business, science and art on the tree of cooperation between Lithuania and Kazakhstan as well. We talked about more than one thousand of students from Kazakhstan, who graduated from Lithuanian universities in recent six years and the productive dialogue between scientists and businessmen from both countries with Viktor Temirbayev, appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Lithuania, and Professor Artūras Razbadauskas, acting Rector of Klaipėda University.
A meaningful, well-thought-of and constructively-discussed cooperation in the New Silk Road project is sprouting between China, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Lithuania, Germany and other European and Asian countries. There are more than sixty of these. This gives hope that creation is stronger than destruction, because, according to the Poet, ‘the creator merely records the God’.
I dare to say that the international business magazine JŪRA MOPE SEA, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, also stands among these creators. Over the years of humble service we did our best to become the bridge, connecting continents, people, ideas, cultures, traditions, business, science, art, understanding and benevolence.
It’s up to you to decide how we’re doing.
I cordially invite our former and current partners to celebrate the upcoming anniversary year together. JŪRA MOPE SEA will always be your tribune. May it be our joint celebration that we’ll celebrate at the end of July together with the 60th Sea Festival. The first Lithuanian Jūra maritime magazine was born in 1935 on the eve of the Sea Festival. In 1999 the restored Jūra under the modern-day JŪRA MOPE SEA title was also reborn on the eve of the Sea Festival.
In each of our upcoming issue next year we are determined to tell the story of you, our friends, your growth into prosperity, the challenges you had to face and the results you achieved. Share that with the World.
I invite you for a calm, wise and meaningful conversation under the branches of a white acacia, where … an airy breeze wanders through the leaves, / while a singing bird builds its nest, / the soft melody fills the entire tree,/ I pick it out and trace it in the sand…*
Publisher of the magazine
*Henrikas Radauskas. The Birth of a Song