Canaria (a poem)

Canaria

 

We’re not like those who desire freedom

At a distance, spending their life in boredom,

In a prison filled with old brochures

Advertising trips to frozen pastures.

 

We were patient enough to wait

For truth to transform us through the gate

Of a temple named Poema del Mar

We never thought we’d go so far.

 

Our two songs passed through the glass of the aquaria

And followed the coast of Canaria

On the back of a yellow and a black and white fish.

Across the ocean, we made a wish.

 

Joyful like two parrots in the archipelago

Of golden signs wrought long ago,

We believe in another freedom,

Of poetry and philosophy: our kingdom.

 

 

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The Sense of the Mysterious

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Lännersta, Saltsjö-Boo, Sweden, 1st of January 2020
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The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavour in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness.

The Red Eye (a poem)

 

You see in a reverie

A coloured butterfly

A childhood memory

Through your inner eye

 

While the outer one red

In tears without clue

Your iris misled

Into a darker blue

 

Shall we open our soul

To avoid being blind?

From the sight of the whole

All our fears quarantined

 

Please take my own eye

To cure your lasting scar

Shall we take our own I

For the love that we are?

 

 

Truth Be Told (a poem)

This morning, as I was walking along the beach, some five thousand kilometres from home in Sweden, I met – randomly – a fellow researcher from my Swedish University and her two young children. She presented me as someone who writes poems (“dikter” in Swedish), and the little boy repeated pensively: “dikter”… A bit later I sat for a coffee and I felt it was my joyful duty to write a poem on the spot:

 

Truth be told,

Now I hold

Sanity in my chest;

An inch for conquest

The most to spread around –

For the earth is not round

In the mind of the beholder,

And follicity is a folder

For all the gifts you avoid

As you embrace the void.

 

 

 

Crealectics: A Cosmo-Technology For The Making of Gods

“Humans do not sufficiently realize that their future is in their own hands. Theirs is the task of determining first of all whether they want to go on living or not. Theirs is the responsibility, then, for deciding if they want merely to live, or intend to make just the extra effort required for fulfilling, even on this refractory planet, the essential function of the universe, which is a machine for the making of gods.”

Henri Bergson, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion

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Improsophy – How to Write the Book of your Life (Luis de Miranda with Pianist Peter Knudsen)

An improvised conference around the words offered by the audience by Luis de Miranda with Pianist Peter Knudsen at Stockholm University.

 

Imagining the Future of Philosophical Health, a Public Workshop at Unesco

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Unesco headquarters, Paris – Monday 16 December 2019 – 14h30 – free and open participation

Given the current state of the world and the feeling that modern institutions, paradigms and subjectivities are becoming obsolete, it is time for a creative tabula rasa to deal with growing pathologies of free will, polarisations and lack of faith in the future. Let’s imagine together the future of physical, psychological and philosophical health! For Nietzsche, philosophical health or “great health” was about our connection to an overflowing abundance (of life, of cosmos, of love, of creation), cheerfulness and laughter, living experimentally, and forgetting. There seems to be today an affinity between philosophical health and neurodiversity, a concept where neurological differences are to be recognised and respected, not as diseases but as variations, transmutations perhaps, possibilities for being otherwise, other forms of health potentially, albeit apparently unadapted to our current standards and norms. This participatory workshop will demonstrate the power of collective intelligence as a healthy way to manifest possible futures. Participants will feel and experience that knowledge, like the future, is not an object to be used as a commodity but a flow of intentions and anticipations in constant becoming, necessitating an attitude of care, dialogue, joy and vigilance in the present. Participants will become aware that they should avoid using the future as a predictable pattern only, and reflect on their deep desire, their ideals, their destiny in light of the collective destiny and political and existential interdependency of their fellow citizens.

Luis de Miranda, Workshop Convener:

As the author of internationally published philosophical essays and novels, and as a philosophical counselor in the premises of a psychotherapy institute (Livslinjen, Stockholm, Sweden), Luis de Miranda, PhD, works on our potential for healthier ways of life and care of ourselves based on the philosophical tradition, techniques and way of thinking/minding. He is currently designing his own method, crealectics, which he introduced in a former Unesco workshop in October 2019. He is the conductor of the Philosophical Health International network and a researcher at Örebro University, Sweden. His next book, Ensemblance, will be published by Edinburgh University Press in March 2020.

Other members of Philosophical Health International will be present: https://philosophical.health

Contact us for RSVP and more details regarding the exact location