On Friday, November 22, Kateryna Kruk, a 22-year-old press secretary for an opposition lawmaker in Ukraine’s parliament, left work and took to the streets of Kiev to join budding protests against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to reject a trade deal with the EU.
Fourteen days later, she’s still there, spending nearly all day, every day, providing a fascinating on-the-ground account on Twitter of Ukraine’s “Euromaidan” protests. Her goal, as she put it in one tweet, is to break the “information blockade” that is keeping the world from understanding what’s behind the massive demonstrations.
(n.) 1. A foolish, unreasoning, or extravagant passion or attraction.
2. An object of extravagant, short-lived passion.
Foolish. It is as Goethe said, when we as human beings crave the passing glance of one that we are infatuated with— we become like children. Hopeless, naïve, childish individuals. Either our minds whirl with whimsy or our hearts flood with jealousy.