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Meanings and Actions from the 2nd Conference of STEGI of WELFARE and EXCELLENCE


from the 2nd Conference of STEGI of WELFARE and EXCELLENCE

At the end of the 2nd Conference of the “STEGI OF WELFARE AND EXCELLENCE”,

We WRITE DOWN with emotion Meanings and Actions.

The opening of the Conference was declared by the deputy regional governor of Crete, Nikos Syrigonakis, who pointed out the importance of the Conference for the intellectual and cultural upgrading of society, as pointed out by those who participated and welcomed the work of the Conference.

The Conference was characterized by the quality of the presentations and the events presented and this was demonstrated either by the testimonies of those who attended the Conference in person, in the Maria & Andreas Kalokairinou Hall, at the CCCC of Heraklion, or through messages from those who watched it live, through our youTube channel in Greece and the Expat Communities around the world.

The phenomenon of war emerged as an internal human conflict and as an abhorrent phenomenon of war conflicts with disastrous results, both in terms of human and economic losses, and as an obstacle to the prospect of the welfare of the peoples involved.

The Treaty of Lausanne defined the borders of Greece and it created a favorable framework for its reconstruction, after the ravages of the First World War and the irreparable losses of Hellenism during the Greco-Turkish war of 1919-1922.

Revolutions of peoples for war and movements for peace have taken place in various periods of history and in various places around the world, the social contexts of which play a decisive role, since it is there where the fermentations take place that define – in a way – the causes and the purpose of the related revolutions and movements.

The “Law of War”, as part of “International Law”, is the efforts of nations to regulate the conduct of the parties to an armed conflict and, in particular, to protect civilians from atrocities and inhumane behavior and the imposition of limits and barriers to methods of warfare.

From the history of the Peloponnesian War, recorded by Thucydides’ pen, it is demonstrated that the motives of human nature, such as the uncontrollable desire for domination, arrogance and excess of moderation, lead to decadence and confrontation.

Great Thinkers have shown with their work the importance of Peace and the way to achieve it.

For the French thinker Rousseau, the “Social Contract” is an act of union, of people-government coexistence, an act that balances the equality that nature has established and the inequality that people have institutionalized between themselves. In his Social Contract, the basic principles are: firstly, that citizens are free from social chains and secondly, that the legislator, chosen by the citizens, is a man of integrity, a servant of justice, with love for his country and citizens and with the valiance to promote the interests of the country.

For the German Thinker Kant, a state of perpetual world peace is possible only if states, that are formed to end all war, have a “republican” type of government, that is, with principles of equality and freedom, and they are governed by a common international law, in a system of free federation. It demands from states the adoption of an ethic and from every citizen-member of the state, individual freedom, self-efficiency and his dependence on a single legislation.

The Greek Kazantzakis proposes “… to listen to our inner voice, to go uphill fighting with ourselves, in order to approach that part of our existence that is higher, which is also peaceful. ”

In the Plato’s Republic, the demand for peace is a demand for justice. Socrates proclaims the value of justice for the soul. Justice as harmony and harmony as unanimity and agreement. The inner peace of the individual emerged, as the end of inner conflicts and as harmony – justice of the tripartite soul according to Plato – with the effect of the three virtues. Of Moderation, of Fortitude and of Prudence. As the Virtues take care of the three parts of the soul, harmony occurs in the functions between the parts of the soul.

Likewise, the three classes of the city, in correspondence with the three parts of the citizen’s soul, perform their functions in harmony.

Justice is achieved through the operation of Virtues, Moderation, Fortitude and Prudence. Justice ensures inner peace and the peace in the city. Righteous citizens and righteous rulers-governors ensure PEACE. Inner peace as Self-knowledge and external as a social Good.

Peace is the assumption of responsibility!

The theatrical performance entitled “Peace as Virtue” depicted the phenomenon of war and peace in human life. The sounds of war around us, but also within us. Children victims of war – a shipwreck with children – the war itself with its war’s roar – adaptation of the tragedy of Aeschylus THE PERSIANS-, the “successful people”, possibly and us and others who do not care. Our potentially peaceful nature, the need to stop the shouts of war in and around us, the presence of Hermes and Trygaeos – adapted from Aristophanes’ comedy PEACE – encourage us to work and to retrieve Peace from the cave. Peace went into battle with war and she won! The City of Peace emerged through the writings of Italo Calvino. Peace crowns young people, they are the ones who will bring peace! LOVE CAME! IT CAME! THE LOVE OF THE GREEKS CAME!!!

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