On the occasion of the International Philosophy Day, associated with the 150th year of Gandhi’s birth, New Acropolis in Israel held a conference about philosophy as an incentive for change in man and society, as a guide to self-rule and spiritual freedom.
Through a dialogue dealing with man and society according to the philosophical approach to life and in accordance with Gandhi’s ideology concerning spiritual freedom, self-rule and internal and social change – we asked whether there is a connection between the freedom of a people and the freedom of an individual, and whether or not the philosophical approach can create real change.
The discussion was led by Ronen Halabi – director of new Acropolis in Israel, with the participation of: Fernando Schwarz – founder and director of new Acropolis in France, and of the Hermes International Institute for the Study of the Non-Material Human Heritage, anthropologist and writer; Pierre Poulain – founder of new Acropolis in Israel, philosopher and photographer; Noam Sharon – translator of Gandhi’s book “Hind swaraj” from Hindi, educator and founder and manager of the Adam Olam publishing.
At the event we launched two books, one written by Fernando Schwarz: “Perseus – the warrior of peace” – on the power of the youth nowadays to combine between ancient wisdom and the new challenges of man and society. The second was written by Pierre Poulain: “After the Fall … History Continues” – which deals with the process of the decline of Western civilization and the possibility of a renewed cultural renaissance.
During the event, we also held a “small gift” volunteer workshop – preparing postcards for patients in hospitals that we will meet in our coming volunteer activities. This extraordinary day ended with small group philosophical dialogues, live music, etc’…