Origin of Dion Pugil

April 22, 2006

The name Dion Pugil is taken from an amazing story:

The Father Confessor. By Herman Hesse.

By the way, if you haven't read any good books lately, pick up Siddhartha by Hesse. You won't regret it. In fact you will wonder why in the world no one told you to read it before. (Sorry, I had forgoten to tell you).


Chaim Potok was asked “How does suffering affect one’s output of creativity and art?”

Well, it will either mature you or destroy you. If it destroys you, we won’t hear about you anymore. But if it matures you, then you might make a contribution.

I think that what Chaim Potok said about suffering and creativity applies to almost everything in life. If I’ve suffered in my religious life I can let it destroy me or let it transform me into someone more mature. Hopefully I’ll “make a contribution.”