Ideas have power?

io A brief study on the results of the IX° international Phylomatic Symposium
By Danilo Campanella

Thursday, November 20, 2014 was the opening of a symposium in Rome organized by the Philomates Association which had as its main theme a simple question: How to respond to the crisis in participation? The political and religious associations around the world have noted that for several decades, that people have increasingly less interest in rituals and meetings, the meetings that were once the natural meeting place for hundreds, sometimes thousands of members, some of whom were loyal and others just curious. As a result, it has developed an increasingly lonely world that exists behind a screen; it absorbs not culture, but information and entertainment. In the case of television, it is a medium that has now been eclipsed by internet, where virtual aspects are becoming increasingly “second life”, perhaps creating a new definition of “real”.
Man is always more “individual” and less “personal.” The relationship, the center of human life, now passes through a tube, creating a pattern of a more and more private man; but man is also under the perpetual control of a computer system whose mechanisms largely escape his notice; he is also “deprived of privacy.”
An anthropological defeat arises; but it is one, which has its leaders. The absence of a transition from a relational model to a relational model that is able to embrace the changing needs of human life, has created this paradox. We should not be alarmed: centuries ago, the birth of publishing, or rather, the development of publishing combined with the increasingly lower cost of books has allowed more people to stay at home reading novels. The simplest case, more restrictive but more visible to most people, is that of Leopardi, a great poet, that, like the nobles of countryside, preferred the solitary practice of reading and writing, rather than having breakfast on the grass and picnics by the lake. Still others, less famous than him, followed him. Probably every century has its moments of “withdrawal,” his crisis of participation.simposio1
The danger is that, today, digital technology spaces us out too much from reality.
Today, there is an increasing distance separating the home from the wild, the forest from the garden. Many new approaches to urban planning, both in architecture and engineering seek to combine the two, to blend technology and the environment. We talk about projects with low environmental impact. The need arises from questions of ecology, particularly deep ecology, which is also the result of an eco-sophy which, as the name suggests, is born from the womb of philosophy. As we look for in a material sense to combine, with the right proportions, technology and nature, we must begin to ask ourselves how we can balance the privacy of our life with the public.
All organizations, as mentioned above, are struggling to involve those people who, educated by the mass society, are able to take an interest to someone-something only if they see an economic and material interest. In numbers, our international academic association is a leader of our events, such as the annual symposium, bringing together 70 to 200 people, depending on the year. I think it is an indicative figure much lower than the participation of the past. Testimonies come to us from other cultural and humanitarian organizations who, like us, do not boast of common sections in Italian and foreign cities. In fact we are the only organization to have academic and cultural sections, dependent on Rome, on five continents. A great job and a big responsibility!
Not to mention, the Congress party, which can bring in a few hundred members by organizing buses and packed lunches, often “forcing the hand” where people can be “picked up” more easily and with few pretensions, such as centers for the elderly and nursing homes.
Even ancient academies, emblazoned organizations, have been “reduced” to the bottom of the list of all that is formal. It does not answer the call for real participation. This makes many concrete projects difficult to implement. What are the fundraisers, gala dinners, donations, if there aren’t people who bring out a cultural or social project? This has led to the creation of projects that I personally consider to be “one-way:” the publication of books that very few people read because they have not spread, aid to countries which, apart from the food and vaccines offered, no one in the West really cares about. Caring does not mean giving alms, or writing an article for a magazine. The cure is to dedicate and care, like the son who goes for a visit to a parent, who doesn´t care about him. We have to stop and care for what we love, such as our community, family, civil, and religious associations in order to dedicate ourselves to dynamics that, unlike money, make us feel more human than feeling like a jackhammer.simposio3
In this symposium the testimony that has been central is that of institutions such as the UNEDUCH, Education Charter International, in the person of Enrico Davide Gavello; that of Maria Grazia De Angelis, president of the Italian Association of work for the organization development (AISLO), Don Alessandro De Spagnolis of Africa Project Onlus, which drew us to the dangers and hypocrisies of a Western consumerism that on the one hand abuses of poor populations, on the other hand, gives them financial assistance for food and vaccines. How can a system that, by tolerating prostitution, poverty and “travel sex”, raise funds on television or during the sale of the Christmas panettone to build hospitals that treat the problems that we cause ourselves? Finally, Jean-Claude Calisesi, consular counselor of French Embassy in Rome, leader of Italian-French association, testifies to participate in the associations simply means “to give a little of your time.” Calisesi, with a French accent said, in Roman dialect “there is nothing to do, you need to move houses!” in a beautiful example of linguistic integration.
The moderators of the symposium Andrea Gentile, associate professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Guglielmo Marconi, and Dr. Antonio Cecere, director of editorial projects of the Philomates Association have masterfully conducted the symposium in which speakers attended such as Bruno Grassetti, professor of Unicusano, whom presented his report entitled “The association between Italy and China for cultural promotion,” Luigi Pannarale, professor of Law Sociology at the Department of Law of the University of Bari” A. Moro “and defense counsel in the courts, with “Old and new forms of participation in post-modern societies,” the journalist Giacomo Pisani, who spoke on “The value of social cooperation,” Elisa Pellegrini, of Artistically Albano, which explained the value of theater in human relations as a pedagogical and psychological tool for the human person. Mario Sammarone then spoke of the “Crisis of publishing: a problem of budget or marketing plan?” thanking the publishers for their presence at the symposium: La Lepre, Pauline, Aracne, Solfanelli, Bietti, the magazine Effe and La Carmelina for having printed the “Acta 1826-2014” of the Philomates Association. Stimulants were the questions posed to Francesco Ciocci, author of “New Frontiers of Work”, published succesfully by La Carmelina in 2014.
The Latina community was represented by the Chairman of the Forum of Peruvians in Italy Carlos Quiroz that, with his compliments, gave evidence of a desire for participation that goes beyond mere citizenship. If we want to be European citizens, to become, then, citizens of the world, we must remember the words of Quiroz.Looking for God
Dr. Zoe Cocco, protocol manager, handed the honor of Honorary Philomate to the sociologist Franco Ferrarotti, to the prof. Luigi Pannarale and to the Dr. Mario Guarna for their ten-year results in the field of culture, contributing to the education of the masses and the formation of philosophers, scientists, and educators.
The symposium concluded with the final report of Giulio Prigioni, former ambassador and university professor, President of the scientific journal of interdisciplinary studies “Philomath News,” published by Solfanelli.
Prigioni thanked those present in various languages, calling the deepening of mutual inter-associational and value the ideas when they become facts.
This event, which began at 16:00 in the Conference Room of the Capitoline Assembly in Via della Greca, and ended at 19:00, with eleven participating institutions and about seventy spectators, was conspicuous about the quality of the speakers. All led us in some way, the need to find the overall sense of unity. Finding the “community” is the way to find ourselves in the public, our pleasant space with the others. Against a society that asks us to interact only for an “I give you if you give me”, we need to find that place of relationship in which the ”I” is related with the other “I”, not to reach the sum of two monologues – as often happens – but the reciprocal Ipazia_8 intellectual interpenetration for the implementation of projects that benefit the community. Balance the last man with the political will definitely solve the problem of participation, which is the basis for a healthy democracy. We must not lose ourselves in the pessimism of defeats, results that are slow to come, in that which is not done exactly as we would like. Life is as we would like? We need to distinguish the real from the ideal world, recognizing in the words of Philomates Scholarch in 1839 the president of Lucca, Angelo Pelliccia “what we do today will be collected, who knows where, who knows when, by someone”. Someone will always be there, until for an ideal is right, good, true, because we recognize that the eternity that is in us, and that ennobles us all, as long as someone of good will tomorrow, if not today, will reap the fruits of our labor for a mystical passage of testimony. Do not be pessimistic and do not expect too much from the end of the world! Made in the present, be confident and persistent in your work, if it is right, because the human Christmas will come!



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