Yet, they lie scattered around the country, and they are still alive and one of the rare things which are still truly *ours* in the proper sense. And they feel as alive as they always were. It almost feels like my God given inheritance, only it isn't. It's still primarily a home of the monks.
I'm in a dilemma. I'd like to visit an Orthodox monastery and spend a few days there, on the basis of hospitality they show towards travelers, but not being a practicing Orthodox man, it feels somewhat disrespectful to disrupt their life for the sake of mere exploration and experience
By being eager to constantly deflect and respond to "accusations" being nonchalantly thrown at them, people keep fighting on battlefields that others have chosen. A little charm and indifference can do wonders.