"-Well, the city is not badly damaged as I thought it would be.
So, they will never understand this.
Is it worth explaining that there is no room for disappointment,
that there really have been dreadful days, horrible weeks, disastrous months, and hopeless winters?
if you start explaining, you will end up arguing. And then fighting. And everyone will pour their own misfortune onto another person. And thus intolerance grows among people who love each other but do not necessarly understand each other.
Ivan Lovrenovic says: " After this war, Sarajevans will be identified by their surplus of silence and dignity."
What an exhilarating and unreachable ideal. Silence as an expression of experience that cannot be recounted. That escapes any attempt to be defined. Dignity as the result of a difficult realization: knowing something others don't know and being aware of the fact that this advantage only make sense for as long as one is silent about it. This requires the kind of comprehension where inner pleasure is the only reward one strives towards. But this is for the Brahmin, not for Sarajevans. Our endless wisdom is not the result of choice of maturity, but rather of necessity. Great necessity."
"Sarajevo a beginners guide"