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Being Righteous to oneself and the others

Often we talk about the fascination of evil, but evil becomes fascinating when it is immersed in an ironic dimension when it is described and told in a way that shows the difference between cruelty and daily life. What is fascinating is life, not evil. The immanence of life, which we can never exit. By Pietro Barbetta


Europe and human rights

The reflection on what Europe can represent today, in a world, which is not only full of contradictions but also of extremely dangerous shadows, should be united with another reflection, maybe more general, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights... By Marcello Flores


Finding our way to Europe again

"Nationalism and populism are the worst enemies of Europe because they come to question its values and agreements. This is precisely why European values are the best weapon to defeat selfishness, intolerance and hate. A great responsibility is thus placed on schools for spreading these values by educating the younger people to democracy, tolerance, respect, brotherhood, and feelings of belonging as citizens of Europe and the world." Francesco M. Cataluccio


The message of the Righteous

What is the meaning of the Gardens of the Righteous? Why are we building them? This is the question we all need to address in this meeting. I imagine them as a permanent critical conscience for our society.


Racisms 2.0

Journalist Stefano Pasta currently holds a Research Grant at CREMIT (Research Center on Education for Media in Information and Technology), directed by Pier Cesare Rivoltella, and works with the Centro di ricerca sulle relazioni interculturali (Research Center on Intercultural Relations), run by Milena Santerini – both of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart of Milan. With him we have talked about his new book "Razzismi 2.0. Analisi socio-educativa dell’odio online", published by Morcelliana, Scholé. This is what he told us.


Why the United States needs to commemorate the Righteous of the world

At some point the chain reaction of moral elevation resulting from the experiences of the Gardens might lead to the United States joining Europe in recognizing March 6th, the anniversary of Moshe Bejski’s death in 2007, as a day when people can celebrate all of the Righteous of the world, and help transform the current "European Day of the Righteous" into a "Worldwide Day of the Righteous".


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.

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