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This is brother Dometios. I met him at the Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) Monastery, Meteora. We talked a lot, he is a very interesting man, a peaceful, relaxed personality, seems happy with his life, confident about the road he has chosen. He has climbed almost every rock of Meteora. He gave me important directions for "secret" footpaths of Meteora. He showed great interest about my camera and photography in general. He gave me permission to take a couple of photos.

Brother Dometios, lives in Agia Triada Monastery, for the last 16 years, since he was 23 y/o. It will always remain a mystery to me, how a young man, takes such decision while the flame of youth is burning high and wild. Denying all earthly pleasures, "denying" current world, which is certain, real, "concrete", with all its goods and bads, the ups and downs, for the hope of a "recompense", in a diferent better world, in a second life, that means blind faith to your God. I am not judging or anything, I have a deep respect for these people who can do that, but I could never do that. For me it's the definition of optimism and I am a pure pesimist.

Like spanish people say "El pesimista es un buen informado optimista" that means "The pesimist is a well informed optimist".

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