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You’ll know Aretha Franklin, the legendary singer and her famous song "R.E.S.P.E.C.T". In it she sings about what must be the most fundamental principle on which all life in human society is based – respect. The song is now over fifty years old but its lyrics are more topical than ever.
What’s art? There are many views of what art means and the role it plays in people's lives. For some it’s a commodity or even an investment opportunity. Others see it as a luxurious pastime for so-called elites that ordinary people can well do without. And then there are those who believe that art is an absolutely essential part of people’s lives.
Ten years ago I dared to do the very first step going public with the MINDKISS Project. The following years were characterized by an amazing development, astonishing even for me. After a pause of more than three years the project is now at the beginning of a next stage, titled “The Art of Resonance”.
Driving through a bank of thick fog is a hazardous enterprise. You can hardly see a thing and have very few points on which you can reliably orient yourself. This means that you have to drive slowly so you can brake in time if some vehicle suddenly emerges and crosses your path or some other obstacle looms up in your line of sight. Driving by sight is the only way you’re going to get out of such thick fog safely.
Wir Menschen neigen dazu, uns für die Herrscher auf diesem kleinen Planeten im großen Universum zu halten. Doch hin und wieder tauchte in unserer Geschichte ein mikroskopisch kleines Wesen auf, das uns daran erinnerte, dass dem nicht so ist. Genau das erleben wir in diesen Tagen und Wochen als Menschen auf der ganzen Welt. Eine Krise wie wir sie bisher nicht kannten. Und doch liegt in ihr, wie in allen Krisen, auch eine Chance.
Short-term thinking is pretty much the norm nowadays. Shareholders are much more interested in a company’s quarterly results than they are in its long-term sustainability strategy. Targets must be met as quickly as possible. Wishes must be satisfied at double quick time. Quick success, quick profits, everything as quick as possible. I call this the “Amazon Prime Principle”. Want it today, have it tomorrow. In the fast-paced life of the 21st century there’s little room for patience.
Once upon a time and not so very long ago, we used to sit down, take a sheet of paper, pick up a writing instrument and put words down on paper when we wanted to write a letter. Those of us born in the past twenty years though have grown up in the age of electronic media where the keyboard of the computer or smartphone replaces the pen and the monitor screen ousts paper. The annual National Handwriting Day which was recently celebrated on January 23 aims to remind us of the value and importance of such a form of human communication. But would its disappearance really be a loss?
Anima Mundi – The Soul of the World is the name of the newly designed Ethnological Museum in the Vatican Museums in Rome that Pope Francis recently inaugurated with its first exhibition on the Amazonas region.
“Sweet sleep! You come like pure good fortune, unasked for, most readily when not implored.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).
Poets of all ages have sung the praise of sleep. Sleep puts us in a kind of limbo where without any agency of our consciousness, our minds process what we have experienced, order and react to it. Sleep is indispensable and precious. And yet for a long time I’ve had a feeling that in our modern culture sleep is not given the importance it deserves so that some people even consider it as wasted time. As though our lives only consisted of one single reality.