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 Proverb Oct 2017 page 001

Self-control: a characteristic of civilisation

URI Europe Proverb, October 2017

 

'The state of nature is a state of war' said Thomas Hobbes. Every warrior has a convincing and distinct reason why the other should be destroyed: he kills to 'live'. History teaches us that if we do not succeed in conquering every 'warfare', struggle will be our permanent condition.

We rise against the old motive that characterises biological life: to kill in order to live. During the previous centuries humankind made conscious choices, not only because our insight and knowledge increased, but also because we took charge of our responsibility along the way. We exchanged the old principles and tried to find a morally justified way of dealing. While thinking about our behaviour we acquired a morality that allows us to live life in such a way that there is a life and a future for everyone.

 

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“A place of no judgement and a safe place to be yourself”

Yasmin’s reflection on URI Global and Sub-regional meeting in Sarajevo, 14-17 September 2017

I visited my first URI held event, after having spent months getting to know URI it fruitions through Angelina Vladikova (BRIDGES CC and URI E Liaison Officer). Furthermore, it was the first gathering I was visiting that brought together so many different cultures, faiths and indigenous traditions. I was not quite sure what to expect for the next few days ahead of me.

 

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Sacred opening dedicated to 21 September (International Day of Peace)

The final Sacred Opening on Sunday, 17th of September, before the last session of URI Europe Sub-Regional Meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (14-17 September 2017), has been prepared by the Orthodox Christian team of URI in Europe.

 

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URI Global Leadership gathering and URI Europe sub-regional meeting

Sarajevo, capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, also known as "European Jerusalem" was meeting place for URI Global and URI Europe gatherings that were held there from 10 till 17 th of September.

 

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Go outside. Let the world in.

 

URI Europe Proverb, September 2017

 

Ask any traveler about their strongest experience and a story of an encounter invariably follows. When we meet people not only face to face, but 'heart to heart', we experience this as something special.

When travelling, each one of us recognizes the feeling of being out of one's comfort zone.

Far away everything is different. Also the people. When we position ourselves at eye level of the 'foreigner' , we come to know him with an open mind , we enter his world and everything becomes different.

 

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"We need to be the change we wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

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