Ovi Symposium; forty-sixth Meeting

The Ovi Symposium has reached its forty-sixth meeting. The subtheme for this meeting is: “The Limits of Free Speech”.

For this meeting participants are: Ms Abigail George, Mr Nikos Laios, Drs. Paolozzi, Paparella, and Mr Rywalt

You can read everything HERE!

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The Yin and Yang of Life

The way we see the world greatly depends upon our inner feelings.

When we interact with the world around us, all begins in our mind. We create the realities we live within. Yin and Yang have particular characteristics that influence the type of person we are, and as a consequence how smoothly life goes for us.  

ovicover_02_02_15Two extremes are our Yin and Yang archetypes within us.

If we are Yin, we are givers, providers, and facilitators for others. We fill the environment we live within with positive emotions. A life full of positive emotions enables us to cope much better with problems and challenges that arise from time to time, where we can “master the moment”.

However an excessive Yin within us can blind us to real threats, and cover realities with unwarranted optimism.

If we are Yang, we are takers. We want this and we want that, where we try to take whatever we can from life. This leaves us with negative emotions like greed, envy, and desire.

The yin and yang provides us with different energies. Yin is positive and effervescent feeling, which leads to a very positive drive, while Yang is tiring and draining, as we try to cope with situations we find ourselves in.

Through Yin and Yang we are the empower of the environment around us. If we give, we will receive much more than what we give in the long term. Likewise if we want to take, chances are that you will lose more than what you will take, and feel a sense of lose and dispossession.

This is a powerful determinator of our fate in life.

In a balanced life one goes around with some amount of curiosity. We go around to different places, see new people and things, and try and understand why people are different.

We go to some places and when sensitive enough, can pick up different feelings. For example in a particular household, one day could be very happy with a birthday, another day, very stressed due to a marital argument, or sorrowful because of a death.

It is this curiosity and sensitivity that gives us personal mastery.

Somehow we must learn to live in the middle of yin and yang, so we can see things for what they really are. This is all about living within a clear reality rather than being an undue optimist or pessimist in everyday life.

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Ovi Symposium; forty-fourth Meeting

Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning Ovi Symposiumof a New Humanism” between Ms Abigail George, Mr Nikos Laios, Drs. Paolozzi, Paparella and Mr. Rywalt Forty-fourth Meeting: 29 January 2015

Subtheme of session 44: Whatever happened to the love of ideas?

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Je suis Charlie!

There are no other words

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Ovi Symposium; forty-second Meeting

The Ovi magazine symposium “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a New Humanism”  has reached its 42nd meeting. Participant Ms Abigail George, Mr Nikos Laios, Drs. Paolozzi, Paparella and Mr. Rywalt focus on the South African Apartheid and the American Civil Right Movement: A special relationship.

Read HERE the proceedings of the symposium, comment and participate in the open dialogue.

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Happy New Year

Traditions want to start the New Year with resolutions. Will “peace on earth” work? What about “food and water for everybody,” would that work?

So let’s start with simple wishes before we get to resolutions. And let’s make them personal so they can also be worthy.

Health. Unfortunately it takes age or an incident to appreciate good health and how much you can do to keep healthy. Another lesson you also learn afterwards is that money and good will cannot buy health. So, take care of yourselves and make sure that you are strong and healthy.

The ancient Greeks used to say (in a very liberal translation) that next to a healthy spirit keep a healthy body. So paraphrasing the above and adjoining it with the health; keep your spirit always healthy. A healthy spirit is equally important for a healthy life.

Happy moments there are few, so enjoy them and appreciate them and most importantly enjoy them with company. The company of loved ones.

Finally I wish to all of you something that I keep as a motto for my life. You might not know what you want but make sure that you know what you don’t want.

And you never know, if we could all keep those simple things then we might as well manage peace on earth and food and water for everybody. Sometimes the best things come the simplest way.

So, happy new year everybody. Let’s bring hope back in our hearts and let hope motivate us for a better year.

Happy 2015

Thanos Kalamidas

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BRIDGES

cover00About time and it took a lot of Bridges to build this issue. Funny, when you start talking about Bridges, you find out that there are more and more ways you can apply the word. Architectural bridges, geographical, philosophical, sentimental, cultural, linguistic. Solid and airy. They are all there.

Not that we covered everything in this thematic issue. We barely bridged the gap. But we did try. And ironically in the case of Bridges, that this issue motivates the reader to think and discover more bridges might be the case.

And favouring Bridges, this issue of the Ovi thematic magazine has two sections, one all about Bridges and one with a selection of Ovi articles from the last month.

For this issue we thank the following members of the Ovi family, the names are in the series you will find their contribution in this issue.

Thanos Raftopoulos, Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic, Prof. Emanuel L. Paparella, Edna Nelson, Dr. Ernesto Paolozzi, Murray Hunter,  Kittirat Yothangrong, Leah Sellers, Abigail George, MBa, Mirella Ionta, Nikos Laios, Tony Zuvela

Download the Ovi thematic Issue, HERE!

Enjoy the reading!

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