In ancient times, the Chinese philosopher Confucius clearly implied that spirituality was intrinsic to effective governance: “To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”
Today, many thinkers around the world have asserted the need for more philosophy and reflection in democracy. Exploring the Eastern and Western approaches to achieving a nobility of spirit — and embracing the differences and commonalities of various cultures — has the capacity to inform, refresh and even help heal democracy.
In Costa Navarino from October 1-3, we will be joined -in person or virtually- by inspiring and innovative thinkers -including artist award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, renowned contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, and historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes who will lead us through a series of debates and discussions on the intersection of these two powerful forces. By revisiting the ancients, we can build resilience from within to create more resilient democracies.
Participants can also take advantage of the unparalleled setting and Costa Navarino’s offerings for philosophy walks and cultural events.