Basil Gala’s essays cover a wide range of topics, many philosophical. His essays are based on inspiration. He doesn’t follow an outline, but lets his ideas flow from his mind onto the paper.
What is a person, a human identity like you and me? Does the person emerge at birth, upon attainment of adulthood, or when one is mature enough to be considerate of others in society? Read more
Kids are very keen on fairness. “It’s not fair” is one of their favorite expressions next to “You promised!” Justice is reserved for adults and is usually associated with legal matters, although we often speak of social justice. Read more
My older brother George, 85, is depressed and thinks he’s dying, although doctors have not found that he has a terminal illness. We live in the same house and I take care of him as we have been close brothers throughout our lives, our wives having divorced us many years back. Read more
Discipline is obedient behavior imposed on individuals by their superiors or rulers, such as parents, teachers, officers, employers, and other persons in authority. Read more
Loneliness, aloneness, or solitude is that awful feeling and condition of being apart from loved ones and friends. Even in the midst of crowds, even more in crowds of strangers, loneliness bites hard, one is in a deep mental hole, seeking escape in some activity, some diversion, no matter how trivial and silly. Read more
My late mother Georgia made some good Jewish friends in America, but in Sampsous, Turkey, as a child she beat up a Jewish classmate when she learned of his ethnicity. She yelled at him, “You Jews killed our Jesus.” She told me the story with some remorse. Read more