Humanism and Spirituality

18.09.2017

Meaning and happiness

Meaning and happiness

An interesting exercise about what constitutes happiness consists of first remembering a bad moment, and see how was the communication with others, how we saw the future and how much faith we had in ourselves and others and then remembering a good moment and observe the same parameters. It turns… »

08.09.2017

Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

My dear Aung San Suu Kyi I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya. In my heart you are a dearly beloved younger sister. »

05.09.2017

Solidarity rather than ‘Lord of the flies’ is the default reaction

Solidarity rather than ‘Lord of the flies’ is the default reaction

Paranoia-mongers and arms manufacturers surely love the post-apocalyptic films and TV series about people and towns fighting one another with deadly weapons in order to gain or defend their resources. Whether the scene is set in the present or a distant future, after a nuclear war, an invasion by zombies… »

01.09.2017

Jeremy Corbyn wishes Eid Mubarak to the Muslims

Jeremy Corbyn wishes Eid Mubarak to the Muslims

The Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, honors Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Ishmael, as an act of submission to God’s command and marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. This year the celebration has started in the evening of Thurday 31… »

26.08.2017

The Stockholm syndrome affecting a good part of humanity

The Stockholm syndrome affecting a good part of humanity

Working for little reward to have others enrich themselves, even in situations of slavery, and to do so convinced that this is normal and it makes us worthy, is a clear indicator of suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm Syndrome is a disease suffered by those who identify with… »

23.08.2017

We prayed together as Muslims and Jews in Sarajevo

We prayed together as Muslims and Jews in Sarajevo

We prayed together as Muslims and Jews and discovered we pray to the same God. There were 120 of us from all over the world at the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, from August 6 to 13. The Muslim Jewish Conference Before I speak… »

21.08.2017

A Giant Dolphin to Defend Portugal’s Coast from Offshore Drilling

A Giant Dolphin to Defend Portugal’s Coast from Offshore Drilling

Approximately 1,000 people from 40 countries came together last Saturday to write out a message on the beach of Odeceixe using their own bodies. The message was a clear NO to all attempts at offshore oil drilling on one of Europe’s last natural coastlines, as well as requesting an increased… »

13.08.2017

Face 2 Face with Maru Jorge

Face 2 Face with Maru Jorge

On this show we speak with Maru Jorge with Silo’s Message. Maru is organizing public ceremonies in Union Square on August 15  at 7 PM in front of Gandhi’s Statue. https://www.facebook.com/events/109196426392932… »

10.08.2017

Deconstructing and Recycling Violence

Deconstructing and Recycling Violence

In one of my previous articles, called “How Long Did it Take to Take this Photo?”, I referred to a monograph written by Silvia Swinden titled “The Space of Representation”. Continued study of the document has produced more insight and has inspired today’s piece. Silvia’s contribution identifies… »

19.07.2017

The Spiritual Shadows of Shahidul Alam

The Spiritual Shadows of Shahidul Alam

By Shahidul Alam Bait Ur Rouf, the Bangladeshi mosque of Dhaka where this photography was done, is a work of art. The sculptural quality, the use of light, the tranquility of the space, the intelligent use of geometry and the natural ventilation, are some of the features… »

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