Ecaterina Oproiu or the exemplarity and authenticity of a life

For a few years, through the “spring” of September, my ideas naturally flip to some beings pricey to me. I am unable to think about not caring for them. Can we are saying we love somebody with out worrying about what would possibly occur to that particular person? And the easy and multifaceted care is accompanied, simply as naturally, with the sensation of pleasure, that we’re additionally coated by the respect we’ve got for them, unconditionally. And care and respect have been, are and can stay, irreplaceable.

And, my accountability for all that they imply, is mixed with the priority that springs from love, from that contained within the deep feeling of friendship. Or, the traditional philia binds us, binds me, to some such beings: ceaselessly. It’s about Niculae and Elena Bellu and Ecaterina Oproiu. The fates of the three intersected in 1947, when the gorgeous free insurgent in thought and conduct Ecaterina Oproiu was accepted as a journalist at Romania Libera, the place Niculae Bellu was editor-in-chief since August 25, 1944.

The primary could be known as “Father quantity 2”, and the Regulation graduate, in the meantime, dissatisfied with the “object” and “circumstances” determined to pursue what suited her: Structure (like one other good friend, Liviu Ciulei, saved and he, by the identical Niculae Bellu within the Manichean years of the “obsessive decade”). We bear in mind what Ecaterina Oproiu says in Jurnal 2 and for this match, doubly destined, with the month of September. As soon as, as a result of it’s the month of his coming into the world. And, the second time, as a result of, additionally within the month of beginning college and modifications in life, Ecaterina Oproiu decided, marking, on the identical time, an unshakable bond of friendship (with my benefactor): “If a very long time in the past they swore on gods, properly, I did not need to swear, however to commit myself, in entrance of him, that in September, useless ripe, I’ll take the Structure examination. I used to be dedicated to the best ethical authority, that is how Niculae Bellu was for me, and his spouse, Elena, was his product”.

And from the primary of September and from the one talked about above, many issues occurred for the one who entered the general public consciousness as the female being who devoted herself to stunning, by meditation, the world of cinema and theater. Likewise, within the common and Romanian horizon. A era and a half waited for the month of Might and the letters, filled with substance and style, from Cannes, of Ecaterina Oproiu. Liviu Ciulei and Gopo, Alain Resnais and Henri Chapier, among the many administrators, or Melina Mercouri, Shirley Temple, Daniele Delorme or Marcelo Mastroiani and Sidney Poitier, to say solely a small a part of the first-rate inventive personalities, have been Ecaterina’s pure interlocutors I cease. Few, too few or few, sadly, have a advantage similar to that of Ecaterina Oproiu for strengthening Romanian status and for coagulating an ethos of lasting worth of our individuals. Particularly, in circumstances so troubled by successive dictatorships, by turnings-ruptures within the Nice Historical past and, no much less, by occasions skilled dramatically by the vast majority of individuals: beneath the Manichaean empire producing misunderstandings and aggression. And, all the things, saturated with paradoxical injunctions springing, in flip, from the mixture Manichaeism – liquid society.

Nevertheless, Ecaterina Oproiu, for anybody who is aware of her life and writings, has a unprecedented unity with an ethical signal of her total life. The world of life, that’s, residing with which means and worth all the things that’s necessary for the destiny of fellow human beings, – was pricey to him, on a regular basis, irrespective of how unfavorable the circumstances have been, to the writer of I’m not the Eiffel Tower, or of the starry sky above us.

For a easy however elementary cause, the mental Ecaterina Oproiu didn’t play arrogantly capriciously, like a lot of her colleagues, with the thought of ​​the moral gravity of her personal life. For her, the dissolving relativisms and chilly or filled with cynicisms, in addition to indifference, – an entry street to sky-high inhumanities, – was by no means the answer. It was, nonetheless, at all times the refusal, clearly, explicitly, with none doubt, of the consideration of life, in its ease. For Ecaterina Oproiu, full and true freedom means considering and performing with accountability, limitless. He didn’t be taught, as sufficient, the behavior of duplicity and “reinventions of autobiography”.

There was consistency in his acts and deeds. It springs, in essentially the most pure means potential, from its adherence to the options of elementary logic and, likewise, of elementary morality. The final of them, by no means minimal, nonetheless. As a result of Ecaterina Oproiu knew from her mother and father and lifelong pals, for her complete life, that, within the final occasion, you might be both ethical or you aren’t ethical in any respect. You aren’t morally minimal. Anybody can show the reality of this assertion, making an allowance for all the weather of Ecaterina Oproiu’s life. Of their unit. And never solely as a result of he took as his place to begin the well-known Kantian expression “the starry sky above us and the ethical legislation in me.” In actual fact, the content material of the lifetime of the one who knew that “I’m not the Eiffel Tower” can very properly rhyme with: “as an alternative, I could be myself, at any time, and that’s no small factor, whoever we’re on the planet through which was given to dwell!”

I’m completely satisfied that Ileana, Gabriel (Puiu Tureanu) and Andrei, Ecaterina Oproiu’s dearest beings, will agree, that her being completely resonates with this description: dignified freedom, but in addition free magnificence, honor and verticality, the complete understanding of life in its gravity. Nevertheless, all these give the form of an exemplary life, lived transparently and authentically. And, transparency, exemplarity and authenticity, in keeping with Niculae Bellu, are the defining options of elementary morality. By no means minimal. All the time the utmost.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS ECATERINA OPROIU!

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