Time to Say Goodbye – Again

Thank you, Auke, for publishing it: Time to say Goodbye. Again. It links well to the first Time to say Good-bye. I got several responses to it, to posting the text via e-mail, one speaking of big decision [towards] more power … for being true to yourself It is somewhat sad that ‘being oneself’ needs … Continua a leggere

Growth and Development

Background notes for the EuroMemo conference 2012 in Poznan I. In the discussion of growth we face some fundamental problems, emerging from principle tensions. *        We are living in a capitalist system which is ultimate point of reference and its functioning basic condition when it comes today to searching security and improvement of living conditions. … Continua a leggere

Beginnings – Going Astray

It is the great time of the year again – at least I like it: the students are returning, or are just arriving at the university. For many a huge step, something like entering the ‘large world’, another step to adulthood. The other day I had been standing with Michael and Paddy in the student … Continua a leggere

Enigmas of Mastery – or Arts Challenges Academia

A side remark – isn’t all this blog-epistle a side remark, personal reflections on various issues in which personal, social and societal issues conflate? So then a short note on dialogue. There is perhaps a reason for talking about the master and bachelor in ARTS that we should not push aside without reflection – as … Continua a leggere

Sustainability, Non-Sustainability and Crime II

In the wider context of sustainability we have to deal not least with growth – to be more precise: the obsession with growth. Of course, this term is, at this stage, hugely problematic – a matter that is at this stage even widely accepted in mainstream economics and social science. It is not least problematic … Continua a leggere

Sustainability, Non-Sustainability and Crime I

Debates on sustainability, if taken in as matter dealing with a wider, social understanding of the issue in question, are frequently linked to a rather mechanical understanding of needs, and in this context  reference is not least made to considerations on marginal utility and the subsequent thesis that at a certain point any additional consumed … Continua a leggere