April 28, 2022

The Answer

Who likes mysteries? Riddles? Puzzles? We like even the most incomprehensible phenomena. And whoever says that I sound like Sherlock, I will say “Yes”. You’re right. Although I do not identify with the same -special- love of the devilish detective for the element of the macabre surrounding his cases, I certainly have the same spirit of curiosity for research leading to answers to hitherto unanswered questions.

If we think about it, this applies to most people to a greater or lesser extent. Otherwise we wouldn’t be scientifically and technologically to today’s level. From the beginning of time, humans carry out research; at first, they have been searching perpetually for answers to practical problems, and later on to spiritual, religious and philosophical ones.

Generally, this research is an essential process for the emergence, composition and promotion of sciences, through which the improvement of humanity’s living conditions is attempted, in a broader sense. There are many people who limit this concept to scientific research developed by discipline, which is based on experimental methods or case verification. Of course, in many cases science investigates “blindly” with some confirmations that follow (the truth shall be told).

You might tell me “Come on, I could accept the practical stuff, we have to make sure somehow of our species’ survival and an ‘A’ quality of life, but why do we bother with the rest of it?”. Because we are multidimensional beings, not only with functional capabilities of Outlast survival level when we are asked (hopefully never). We have thoughts, emotions, hidden agendas and desires, I would say. And the latter ones are those urging us to acquire the functional capabilities for the more practical ones.

Since our first breath, everything around us is unknown; we are completely naked literally and metaphorically, with a fear rooted in our survival instinct towards the unknown. This survival instinct is what boosts us sometimes into searching for answers, and perhaps into researching this One Answer which would sort out the landscape of existing and would soothe us for the fear of the ultimate unknown, of death.

Fear of the unknown causes stress and since there are infinite possibilities that anything could happen out there, we usually go along with our fear’s object. But, as time goes by, instead of getting used to it, we fear it even more. It spreads as we mature and gain new experiences. An infant’s fear that is protected by its family in every step is not the same as the fear of adults responsible for their future.

Thus, exploring is our second nature, a good one in my opinion, because this world is so beautiful that it is worth seeing and filling your mind and heart with the magnificence and awe it offers. The difficult part comes to the questions’ adjuncts that could drive you crazy when thinking extremely about them and searching for everything, ever and everywhere. For those tormenting, philosophically speaking, what I would suggest, which again is a humble opinion that you are free to ignore once you are done reading, is that there is no universal answer to all of this. And between us, it would make everything a little more boring, if there was one. However, there is an Answer for each of us, a completely personal one fitting to every soul out there better than a glove.

For Sherlock Holmes, for example, the Answer is to find answers to mysteries. For Hercules Poirot it is the little grey cells that always show the way. There is no right answer, because there is no wrong answer. The practical questions will be solved in some way or other by experiments and observation. Concerning the philosophical ones, it is up to each individual to find their own Answer that will offer remedy for their own soul.

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Anastasia (Natalia) Mouza

She goes by Natalia (just to keep the mystery alive!). Graduate of the School of Psychology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. If you cross paths with her on the bus, she’ll most likely be lost in her own world, listening to heavy metal bangers. She claims to be a big fan of glitter and in her free time she may be found drinking tea, reading books or losing braincells on Netflix. Her philosophical inquiries know no end, but if you confide in her, she won’t breathe a word of it– she’ll listen to your problem and do anything in her power to help. In case you lose sight of her, she’s likely to be found under a pile of crosswords.

Savvas Katsidonis (he/him)

Born and raised in the sunny island of Rhodes, he found himself striving to adapt to the new rules and vibes of a megacity, which he now loves. A book-enthusiast and travel maniac daydreaming about the past, the future, the history in general. Volunteering, learning new languages and taking photos of everyone but himself are just some instances of his life, when he does not sleep or watch series.

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Angie Stathaki

From the triptych "ballet, French and piano", she has conquered only the second, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to learn the other two! A lover of the Sun, of the Italian cuisine, and Van Gogh. You will often find her with headphones on, listening to her favorite list over and over again. Favorite moments? Good company, wine, laughter and board games!

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