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Author: Maxim Grunin
Title: Without Compassion
Support: acrylic on canvas
“I remember myself as far as five years old. There were formative and memorable events in my childhood that I can go back to in my mind. Did I have a sense of morality then? Could I distinguish between right and wrong intuitively accessing my conscience? Returning to these memories helped me understand the person I was, and perhaps still am today. “Make a wish” game stuck in my mind from the days of the past. I had to think of something I wanted with the utmost sincerity, wish for it and keep it a secret. The wish would then come true.
At five years old my wish was – “Let there be no war in the world.” Why would a child make a wish like that, when prompted to reach into the heart and find what was desired the most? Did I carry deeply seeded wish for peace on Earth out of even earlier years of my life? How did this idea get planted in my mind? I did not grow up in a war zone and was unable to grasp the origins of my childhood morality. It would have been easier to understand myself if I had wished for something much simpler. Anything that would have been not so loaded with ethical value”.