Have you ever heard about New Acropolis?
Well, this Cultural Association changed my life.
Let me tell you a little bit of this classical philosophy school.
New Acropolis : Its beginnings
The New Acropolis Cultural Association was created 53 years ago, in 1957. Ever since then, it aims to provide young people with the best kind of philosophical education – one that is suited to our modern times, independant and unrestricted by any religious, political or socio-economic influences.
Initiated by Professor Jorge Angel Livraga Rizzi, together with a group of young university teachers and students, the project soon attracted leading personalities from the world of arts and culture. The focus that brought them all together was an idea and a movement which were both enriching for the mind and promising for all.
At the beginning of the Seventies, the extent of its social and cultural activities led to the Association’s recognition as a state-approved organization in Argentina. At around the same time, it began to take on an international dimension.
Today, the New Acropolis Cultural Association is present in over 50 countries around the world. Its over 10.000 active members and hundreds of thousands of supporters express themselves in more than 18 languages and come from a wide range of religious denominations, ethnic origins and cultural backgrounds, offering a fine example of fraternal co-existence and mutual understanding.
The mass mentality which has overtaken our society goes against the expression of our deeper human concerns. However, the need to give expression to our aspirations remains. This need explains the presence of New Acropolis in society.
Professor Livraga identified several factors which he saw as producing a kind of apathy in the human soul: the ever-faster pace of life in our cities, the lack of contact with nature, the artificiality of our relationships and communications and the ephemeral and utilitarian goals we set ourselves. He saw New Acropolis as an antidote to this state of fact. He was determined that our association should help all of us to raise our consciouness to these problems and to take the opportunity to express our inner self. The present situation but confirms this view for today, more than ever, there is a pressing need to bring these aims about.
So our challenge today is to move away from a conformist culture, which only follows the dictates of fashion, to a more dynamic application of the essential values of philosophy, sciences and arts to work with en eye to the future.
New Acropolis embraces and promotes principles of union inspired by such philosophies as Pythagoreanism, Neoplatonism, Theosophy and others, which in their time brought about real progress in civilization.
1. Fraternity among all human beings
Union beyond differences. Respect for different identities and traditions, combined with the understanding that we are all citizens of the world.
2. Harmonious coexistence between cultures
The practice of tolerance, fostered by a global education and culture, makes it possible to link together all fields of creativity and thought. Making connections in this way allows us to see beyond apparent contradictions and find them compatible and complementary.
It brings new and different people, ideas and feelings into harmony, in a richer and more open social community.
3. Development of the individual’s spiritual capacity
The human being is an integral part of nature but he is unaware of his own potential even though the possibilities for self-development are almost infinite.
“We realised that humanity possessed an immense treasure of Wisdom, which had been hidden and forgotten, and lay beyond the reach of young people. A Wisdom that provides answers about the meaning of life and ways in which society – the world around us – can be improved”, – Jorge Rizzi
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