Shortly after his election as mayor of Ganshoren, a Brussels municipality, Pierre Kompany retweeted this tweet :
It is, of course, true that Kompany is the first black mayor in Belgium — but maybe, with white Belgians of Tintin country, this should trigger some serious self-reflection, rather than this airy euphoria that seems to breeze through at least the liberal population of the country.
Here we are, in nearly 2019, and contrary to everything our common humanity could have hoped for, the colour of Pierre Kompany’s skin is the newsworthy item — even for the New York Times :
Riace, in the deepest South of Calabria — one of the poorest regions in Italy — in the 1990s was a dying village, abandoned by the local Italians, who immigrated to go working in the North of the country, or abroad.
The reinvention of Riace is a unique project that combines the revitalisation of one of those many depopulated villages with hospitality and integration of refugees from all over the world.
Riace has had a long history with welcoming refugees. …
The Western World seems to be getting morose and steadily more crotchety in its desperate pursuit of happiness. Self-improvement and happiness are the eternal topics du jour. A quick Google search reveals: no lifestyle magazine, or even (usually well-respected) mainstream newspaper without its own ”How To Be Happy in Three (or Five, or Ten) Easy Steps”.
Clearly, we’ve lost our way.
What is happiness? What are the sources of happiness? According to the deafening marketing machine roaring in our ears, life satisfaction mostly consists of physical pleasure and luxury — things to possess — as per the much hated Goop…
Ethics — simply put, what is good or bad, wrong or right? On the most personal level, it‘s about me and my conscience. Standing in front of the mirror, what do I see? Can I look myself in the eyes?
But it is every bit as much about how we, as political animals, shall live together. What are the fundamental beliefs, the ethical principles underlying the making of laws by our lawmakers?
To reach Eudaimonia, as Aristoteles has it, the inner as well as the public life need a certain degree of harmony and peace and justness — things…
We are living in great times, and they are getting bigger all the time. The world is in a pretty bad place, from all I hear (just quoting, dear reader!):
We live in great times, and they are getting bigger all the time. The personal has become extremely political once again. The paradigms of the last two centuries have crumbled. The political Left is gasping its last gasps, while the extreme Right, in spite of everything that history has to teach us, is gaining traction at an alarming pace.
On the personal level, this leaves us with high levels not only of discontent and anxiety, but also of unrest and anger. Increasing poverty, inequality and unemployment, refugees from all kinds of hells on earth who need our help when we…
What is Eudaimonia? In this introductory story, you will find the short answer. In the following articles, I have elaborated on what Eudaimonia is, and how to reach it. How can we redefine this philosophical concept from Ancient Greece for the twenty-first century? I have organised the stories into five themes:
As our Anglican Englishman travels to the Eastern borders of Hungary (and therefore to the most remote outposts of the Donau Monarchy), he is confronted not only with the memories and the remnants of the Turkish domination and of Islam, but also with Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. Paprikahendl was only the appetiser…
Just before the outbreak of the Great War, American violinist Harmony Wells — a typical Gothic romance heroine — who is studying music in Vienna, meets Peter…
In search of Eudaimonia. Essays in Literature, Politics, Ethics, History and Feminism. Proudly collaborating with the Radical Rag Dolls.