Letter from the President
A message from the International President
PHILOSOPHY FOR TIMES OF CRISIS
We cannot avoid referring to the financial crisis which in one way or another is affecting so many people in the world.
On the one hand we have discovered that as a result of the socio-economic model of the last few decades, the cycles of material progress have more influence on our lives than we might have imagined or desired.
On the other hand, the crisis has been an interesting opportunity to discover that we human beings have other values to rely on in difficult moments. Specifically, philosophy as a way of thinking and living has helped us to look again at the eternal questions and to rediscover the valid answers which the passage of time has not undermined; quite the contrary.
A great question mark continues to hang over the knowledge of who we are, why we are in the world, what our role is in this history which is being created day by day.
It would be sad to believe that our only function is to survive as best we can or, at best, to strive to attain a better level of survival, with more wealth than we can sometimes use.
Essential material goods are absolutely necessary. But there are many people who own more than we can imagine and, nevertheless, have not managed to dispel pain or unhappiness.
On the other hand, there are those who have the bare necessities and sometimes less, and have attained a great inner serenity by developing true human values.
As philosophers who aspire to right knowledge, we have found that the good, the beautiful, the true and the just continue to be indispensable elements for attaining happiness.
Philosophy and happiness have many things in common.
And crises are special situations in which we can discover these coincidences, they are situations which can help us to overcome difficulties and overcome our limits of moral and spiritual growth.
Although we have quoted them on many occasions, the famous words of the scientist and philosopher Albert Einstein bring us back to a sense of the meaning of life:
Creativity is born from anguish, just as the day is born from the dark night. It is in crisis that inventiveness, discoveries and great strategies are born.
He who overcomes crisis overcomes himself without being ‘overcome’. He who blames his failures and poverty on a crisis neglects his own talent, and shows more respect for problems than for solutions...
Without crisis there are no challenges. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. Without crisis there are no merits...
Let us put an end, once and for all, to the only menacing crisis, which is the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it."
In harmony with these ideas, New Acropolis is on the side of talent and creativity; it promotes the opportunities offered by a living philosophy which enables individual drive to be used for the benefit of humanity as a whole.
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