I like Nicolae STEINHARDT a lot:
But there’s a thing about him, which I found out only recently, which made me care for him even more – his love for his father.
Nicolae STEINHARDT mentions his father for a few times in the “Happiness Diary”; but I’ve recently read (most of) “N. Steinhardt and the Paradoxes of Freedom” by George ARDELEANU; two things impressed me the most, according to this lecture:
- He worried about his father even while he was in prison; imagine this – you’re put in jail for unjust reasons, you suffer a lot in the conditions of Communist prisons, and yet, you worry about your father; this is what Nicolae STEINHARDT did while he was in prison; he could have worried about his health, his state in the prison, his condition; perhaps he did this; but he also worried about his father;
- He didn’t go to a monastery while his father still needed his help; Nicolae STEINHARDT lived his life with books; he read a lot, had a lot of culture; he treasured spirituality; and yet, when decision was to be taken, he preferred to stay with his father, rather than go to a monastery; after his father died, he went to a monastery; but only after this.