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... but if one

does truly care for wisdom,

let him not seek it in these empty rovings,

like someone who would like

to gather the leaves fallen from a tree and

already scattered by the wind,

hoping to reattach them to the bough

Wisdom is a tree that is only reborn from the root - one and multiple.

Let the man who wants to see it leafing in the light,

descend into the depths,

there where the god operates,

follow the shoot in its vertical path, and he

will have the right fulfilment

of his right desire: no matter where he is, no

other journey will be needed.


Margherita Guidacci

 

  

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy,

the chance to draw back and always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth

that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:

that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance,

which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it. Now.

 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  

Some teach guiding others by the bridle

Step by clopping step

And perhaps some may be fine

Towing this type of line.

Some teach by finding the good

and singing its praises

And, yes, there will be some

Able to accept such graces.

There are also those who

educate without veiling

The absurdity of the world,

who open to change,

seeking out with candour,

for others and for self,

tomorrow’s possibilities:

each of us grows only if dreamt about.


Danilo Dolci

 

   

« In a thousand-year-old human civilization,

the peasant looking up at the stars could see God...

because the earth, the air, the water all unceasingly express a vital force…

Yet the modern world, that locks up man in offices and factories, living in cities surrounded by asphalt,

cranes, noisy engines and the chaotic rush of vehicles, rather resembles a vast, dynamic,

loud, hostile prison from which we must, sooner or later, to escape ... »

 

Adriano Olivetti

Città dell'Uomo

 

 

The machine has not suppressed human slavery, it has simply given it a different configuration.

Indeed, beyond a certain point, the tool is transformed from a servant to a despot.

On stepping over the threshold, society becomes school, hospital, prison, and the great reclusion begins.

[…]

On the subject of “conviviality” of tools, I realise that I give a partially new sense to the current meaning of the word.

I do this because I need a technical term to indicate the tool that is both scientifically rational and destined for the austerely anarchic man.

[…]

... austerity is a virtue that does not exclude all pleasures, only those that degrade or obstruct personal relationships.

Austerity is part of a more fragile virtue, that surpasses it and embraces it, and this is joy, eutrapelia, friendship.


Ivan Illich

The conviviality

 

 

« In the prevalent individualistic and utilitarian political thinking in Western modern industrial states,

the terms «self-realization», «self-expression», self-interest» are used in ways

that assume the ultimate and extensive incompatibility of the interests of different individuals.

In opposition to this trend there is another, which is based on the hypothesis that self-realization

cannot develop far without sharing joys and sorrows with others, 

or more fundamentally, without the development of the narrow ego of the small child 

into the comprehensive structure of a Self that comprises all human beings.

The ecological movement - as many earlier philosophical movement - takes a step further

and asks for a development such that a deep identification of people with all life, human and not human...»


Arne Naess

Deep ecology

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