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The other origins of Europe

Why Europeans should reread the Stoics to save themselves from resignation ~ 3 ~ 7 ~ May 2014

A summary of centuries of Stoic thought to read in ten minutes and refresh some ideas. It tries to not be boring and scare away those who are approaching the subject for the first time, but also to not lose too much rigor. In any case, it is a critical interpretation of issues that can be discussed in much greater length and detail, and of sources that we should all read more frequently.

Fraternity, Subversion, Pigs, and Asparagus ~ 3 ~ 0 ~ May 2014

Freedom and happiness, minimalism and communitarian fraternity. Epicureans speak truthfully as part of an effort to live for real. From them we inherited utilitarianism, but also the pretty communitarian symbol that was the first frozen food.

The long cycle of Mithra ~ 2 ~ 0 ~ Jun 2014

If Christianism gave Europe stories, taboos, and values that are still hegemonic, Mithraism was the cohesive myth of the first social form taken by a cosmopolitan communitarianism based on an ethic of personal responisbility. And that is no small contribution to the definition of the so-called “Western culture.”

Fraternitas mercatorum ~ 4 ~ 0 ~ Jun 2014

Fraternity is a key Western value since the time of the Greeks… But how did it become the yearning of the urban masses to the point of forming a triad with freedom and equality?

The legend of the wolf and the bear ~ 1 ~ 0 ~ Jun 2014

The novel that the Indianos have always wanted to write. Imagine, in the fifth century, a group – perhaps ex-legionaries and therefore probably practitioners of Mithraism – that, being unhappy with the religious reforms and fed up with political and military turmoil, decides to defect and take the path of Ara Solis. They stop taking part in the battles of the time for building the world they want to live in somewhere between the Pyrenees and the Finisterre.

The camino ~ 2 ~ 0 ~ Jul 2014

The birth of the Camino was part of a political gamble that was as bold as it was innovative: to build stories that transformed reality beyond what was then within the reach of any state. “Camino” also meant spaces and returns: physical transformations and ideological contagion far beyond the kingdom of Asturias. The Europe we think of when we talk about “European values​​” is not, except for extreme statists, that of Aachen, but that of the first great medieval network of cities, hostels, and travelers motivated by ideas.

The camino of stories and markets ~ 0 ~ 0 ~ Jul 2014

The Camino de Santiago opened passage routes by creating a trade corridor between the French regions and the north of the Iberian Peninsula, including Portughese lands. Although its opening takes place in the ninth century, it is during the eleventh and twelfth centuries when it truly blossoms, becoming one of the engines of the “Commercial Revolution” which at that time all Europe would go through.

Spaces of the path or, what the Romans left us ~ 0 ~ 0 ~ Jul 2014

Pre-Romanic Asturian art is, in reality, Roman art, which had not disappeared in Asturias, just as the Roman religion resisted Christianity on the Cantabrian coast for many centuries after its imposition as the official religion.

Community and personality ~ 2 ~ 0 ~ Jul 2014

In the early moments of Psychology, Alfred Adler noted that the feeling of belonging to a community and the experience of creating meaning from it are basic for healthy personal development … at any stage of life.

Fraternity and its paths ~ 1 ~ 0 ~ Ago 2014

How the choice between Aristotelians and Epicureans cuts through the origins of modernity and continues to define our times, from republican values ​​to the conception of the Collaborative Economy.

Why we stopped believing in origins and essences ~ 0 ~ 0 ~ Ago 2014

The end of Platonism, its criticism and separation from the core, that which we believe to be the foundation of culture in “Europe” or “Western thought,” needed the experience of the bloodiest century in human history and was a truly epic intellectual adventure