Why did Socrates claim not to know, when he talked with an Athenian? Because you cannot know in advance the opinion (doxa) of an individual unless you discuss with him humbly, because everyone has his or her own peculiar worldview, and can never be equalled to others. Gabriele Nissim comments upon Hannah Arendt's Socrates.
Within the teaching project “Adopt a Righteous”, the Associazione per il Giardino dei Giusti, in cooperation with Gariwo's Teaching Committee, for this year is going to involve teachers in a two-stage experience: first being introduced to the Garden of the Righteous and then watching a highly emotional theatrical show.
Writer Alaa al-Aswany recounts a picaresque Egypt, in which powerful people, humble peasants, women of all walks of life, intellectuals and gays interweave their lives suggesting a reality that defies the stereotypes about the Muslim world. We propose an interview the author, censored in his homeland and persecuted by Islamist extremists, granted to Le Monde.
Heritage for Peace is an organization focused on the support of Syrian people in their struggles for protection and safeguard of the country cultural heritage. The project was developed after the idea of Isber Sabrine: together we talked about Palmyra, the link between culture and identity and his work for Heritage for Peace.
Francine Mayran, painter, ceramist and psychiatrist from Strasbourg, "born after World War II", expert at the Council of Europe, created portraits of the Righteous in the Holocaust and other genocide cases. In her opinion, all rivalry should be rejected in the name of a shared transmission of memory against indifference.
Monday 18 May Meeting La fragilità del Bene (The frailty of Good), to celebrate the publication of Gabriele Nissim’s recent book La Lettera a Hitler. Storia di Armin T. Wegner, combattente solitario contro i genocidi del Novecento (The Letter to Hitler. Tale of Armin T. Wegner, lonely fighter against genocide cases of the Twentieth Century. Publishing house Mondadori), dedicated to the German writer, witness to the key events of the 20th century.
Cultural dialogue with the world
Visions and awareness
Gariwo, the Garden of the Righteous, has been working on the concept of the Righteous for many years, with the goal of spreading the awareness of the importance of exemplary figures, those who show how to build a future of peaceful coexistence. This is important especially for the young people, who look for reference points to which they can relate the fundamental choices of life.
In recent years the interest towards the Righteous has greatly increased and this paradigm of moral resistance is essential for the development of collective consciousness on major ethical issues of our time.
We believe that the involvemnet of youth, the school operators, the academic, intellectual, artistic, media and public and private institutionsm is crucial to maintain and strengthen the cultural orientation, which takes this direction.