“When does one turn into a dragon? I am aware of one sure way of ‘dragonization’: when a person takes advantage of another’s trustful nature. It’s not that rare. I’ve seen it and believe I know the reason: Whether we want it or not, we perceive others as part of our immediate surroundings, while we are the centre. Some are nice, others not very; we expect unpleasant surprises from some and nothing bad from others. But in any case the criterion we use is our own attitude towards them, defining whether they are our foes or friends. Others exist as much as we need them; they are good or cruel depending on how we see them.
“I’ve started to believe that ‘dragonization’ is an easy process unless one always remembers that people exist around us and are who they are. Independent of us and our blogs, they are entitled to live without us or against us.” (From the author’s preface.)