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The Current Situation

In Praise Of Wholeness - Or “Where Are The Polymaths Gone?”

'The School of Athens' by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino.*Written by Nicolas LecerfAfterwords by Nalan Özkan LecerfIt is a cultural and thus political answer: Our society is nurturing specialists and not polymaths, as they don’t fit in the social design devoted to industry and production that has been our framework for centuries. All this is well documented, no need to go deeper here. What needs a bit of time spent pondering is this: What happens if we were educating our children to become polymaths? The implications are so grea...

About Spiritual Materialism

Karl von Eckartshausen, 'Auffchlusse zur Magie'_Frontispice.München_1788.*This is also a re-post from an article published on July 9 2017, that we are eager to share again, as it describes our current situation.*Written by Nicolas Lecerf.It is awkward to place together two words that are by essence opposite. Spiritual, from the spirit world, materialism from the world of matter. How come we now live the irony of an age where they are used together when centuries past saw endless fights to over-run, to over-power the other competing sid...

The Great Divide / “The Struggle Under the Blue Lotus Way of Life”

Engraving from an 1899 edition of 'The Emperor’s New Clothes', illustrated by Helen Stratton.*Originally published in 2014 in our former blog (see link below).We thought re-publishing it, as it describes our current situation.*Written by Nicolas Lecerf.The foundations of our society are the expression of a division. Alike the cell splitting into two separate entities, the Golden Age, mirror of the Archetypal ‘Garden of Eden’ on Earth, its holistic and unitive society of nomadic way of life slowly slipped into a natural and irreversib...
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