Messages from Greek Literature
The world in which we all live today is challenging. The technological
advances and the globalized economy have moved us forward, but at
the same time they have created a great deal of discomfort for us.
Our values and beliefs are tested daily as we are constantly forced
to move faster and faster. We seem to have been caught in a dizzying
whirlwind in which we can no longer think nor experience anything
deeply. Yet we do not know how to get out of it. We are confronted
with serious questions concerning our relationships, our communities,
and our institutions, but we feel helpless and confused since we
no longer know how to contact even ourselves.
In this state of our trying perplexity, getting in touch with LITERATURE
may be what we need. For as the Greek writer Andonis Samarakis had
said: "Literature is power...It is the voice of one person,
but also the voice of all those who have no voice themselves."
The aim of these lectures is to provide us with a moment of stillness,
in which we will hear this voice, use its power, and let its light
restore joy, hope, and meaning in our lives.
Some of the concepts which will be addressed will be: Freedom,
Democracy, Nobility, Wealth, Money and the Economy, Justice, Family,
Work, Change, Balance, the Divine, Crisis, Principles, Responsibility.