that we make our longest journey
…His great sadness was not due so much to loneliness,
as to the fact that the other seagulls did not want to believe
to the greatness of the flight that was awaiting them.
They had denied opening their eyes and see….
From the book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”
by Richard Bach
As you set out for Ithaca
wish your road to be a long one,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without it, you wouldn’t have set out.
it has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her lean, Ithaca hasn’t fooled you.
Wise as you have become, so experienced,
You have already understood what these Ithacas mean.
– C. CAVAFIS
The journey to Ithaca for each one of us, as Ulysses, is more relevant today than ever before.
The search for the highest good, that of WELFARE, is an important need since “the chains of social and mental paradigms” (as Jean Jacques Rousseau says) derail us from that.
Homer, in his epos “Ulysses”, has plotted for us the course to Ithaca that is the path of Virtue. It is the same path of Truth itself and the path of the lives of Great Teachers who have walked and taught upon this earth. It is the same journey of self –awareness “KNOW THYSELF” (Socrates).
Our compass is the Virtue that is Knowledge-Truth-Love, as a factor of Saneness, Prudence, Bravery and Justice (Plato, Protagoras) .
hilosophical concepts that have no value if they have not been understood and if they haven’t become way of life, in order to fulfill their purpose, which is to lead us, step by step, to a better version of ourselves!!!. To give us the opportunity for a life that is balanced and filled with joy, meaning, creativity and unity. To give us all the resources to rely on our own power, to be independent and to be masters of our own self.
… traveling in our journey we get to know ourselves in the present …
… in the past …
… in the future …
We realize the highest version or Ourselves!!
We transform our perception!! We free ourselves from fear and ignorance!!!
We experience WELFARE step-by-step!!!
We are together with whoever chooses to embrace this journey !!!