We are approaching the middle of the year, and the chill of winter seems to be a distant memory as Spring and then Summer take hold. The shifting season brings with it a whole host of other changes – some apparent like the change in weather, and others more subtle.
Traditionally, spring and summer are meant to be times of outward expression, of exuberance and colour.
Extending this idea to the human level, a key aspect of the outward expression of any society is experienced through its culture. From the norms directing day-to-day lives of the people to the celebrations and practices, culture finds its expression in myriad forms, at multiple levels. Beyond these forms, at the heart of it, Culture is an expression of what society and its people value the most. From this perspective, Culture has a strong link to Philosophy, which seeks to connect to Meaning, to the values that can elevate us, and to offer a practical expression for these values that find place in the depths of the human heart.
When we are able to be conscious of this connection between Culture and Philosophy, and find ways to give it space in our lives, we open doors to a more meaningful life, one beyond the mundane and we give ourselves the chance to experience what it means to be truly alive. It is this magic that we explore in this edition of The Clarion Call –
The Magic when Culture meets Philosophy.
Editor – The Clarion Call
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