PHILOSOPHY as a servant of LOVE

20 11 2015

love wins

All our philosophy is as dry as dust if it is not immediately translated into some act of living service. – Gandhi

Faced with the complexity of today’s world, philosophical reflection is above all a call to humility, to take a step back and engage in reasoned dialogue, to build together the solutions to challenges that are beyond our control. This is the best way to educate enlightened citizens, equipped to fight stupidity and prejudice. The greater the difficulties encountered the greater the need for philosophy to make sense of questions of peace and sustainable development.” – Irina Bokova (UNESCO Director-General)

TODAY we celebrate World Philosophy Day and so I’ve spent the whole of the morning devouring the material created as part of the South-South Philosophical Dialogue project designed to provide young people and their teachers with materials for questioning the world, enabling them to grow into responsible, open and participative citizens.

Excerpt from introduction: “True peace is not simply the result of political negotiations or strategic agreements between peoples and States, but the work of human beings with the training and the passion for seeking truth and doing good. True peace therefore has an anthropological basis, which is the humanised human being who is committed to truth and good as the common property of all humankind. This is precisely the fundamental importance that philosophy should have in promoting peace in the world today, as it represents the form of knowledge that quintessentially teaches human beings that the desire for truth and the desire for good come together in the desire to coexist in peace with oneself, with nature and with others.”

The texts selected for this anthology capture the spirits of philosophy in Africa, the Arab region, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean in terms of cosmology, epistemology, politics, gender, ecology and aesthetics.

check out table of contents on page 12 and start exploring:  http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002284/228411E.pdf

 





Heroes: Suleiman Bakhit

30 11 2014
Suleiman Bakhit in conversation with a group of Jordanian children:
 
Bakhit – Who are your heroes?
Children – We don’t have any heroes, but we hear a lot about Bin Laden, about Zarqawi…
Bakhit – What do you hear about them?
Children – That they defend us against the West because the West is out there to kill us. 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/29/world/middleeast/a-jordanian-spins-comic-book-tales-to-counter-terrorist-ideologies.html?_r=0

Aranim Media Factory is the one and only comic book company in the Middle East. It provides tens of millions of Arab youth the chance to enjoy comics, manga, animation, games and films inspired by middle eastern mythologies. Aranim was created by Arab youth in cooperation with international talent with new heroes grounded in the ancient traditions of the Middle East. Using authentic Arabic art styles, themes, heroes and villains, Aranim tells thrilling stories that capture the imagination of youth around the world with a middle eastern twist. Aranim is entertainment with a purpose. Hopefully, it will change the way Arab youth see the world – and the way the world sees them:

http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/design/aranim-media-factory/