AUGUST 2011

 

 

Magali Muller – Brussels / Belgium

 

Is it at all possible to deconstruct the “ego” in today’s society? And how would it be like not to have an illusion of an identity?


The process of deconstructing the ego is indeed an opposition to what is thought and encouraged in our competitive society. I emphasize that it is a deconstruction as opposed to a destruction of the ego. Clearly, our ego needs to remain in a separate element in order to allow us to differentiate ourselves and ascertain our actions. The deconstruction of the ego is certainly possible, and in fact, it happens more frequently then we realize. It happens each time we become aware of what we are not, and defines our true essence. What remains when the separation between “me” and “other” fades is a new sense of collective consciousness, freer of self-interest. The more the separation lifts, the more we acquire an intimate, peaceful and altruistic attitude towards others.

 


 

Ingrid Marn – Stockholm / Sweden

 

How do you perceive a true artist?


I perceive the authentic artist as someone whose ambition is to create a work that has a profound mysterious depth, while minimizing on form, technique, rules and expectations. A true artist seeks to feel reality in its true essence and in its entirety. He creates without a premeditated plan in a spontaneous and free fashion, and therefore is inspired in a very unique way. A true artist creates from the soul.

 


 

Nicoleta Hâncu – Bucharest / Romania

 

Every culture is trying to survive in this era of globalization. Isn’t it logical that many of them would want to impose their own rules in order to maintain their individuality?


A culture must be considered as a living unit and therefore non-static; it is a reflection of life which is constantly in perpetual renovation. The cultures of tomorrow will be a result of those with the most worthy aspects of today. Those that are closed in, focusing only on themselves, and believing their uniqueness as the only correct one, will perish. An egocentric culture will not survive. It is much more beneficial for these cultures to be open towards foreign influences, enabling a more diversified enrichment which is crucial to their survival and evolution.

 


 

Ruel Chavez – Manila / Philippines

 

Many people neglect their spiritual life; their world limiting itself to a commercial society governed by a media of banalities. Hence, my question: what is the meaning of life?

 

That is one of the greatest existential questions of all time. My answer will probably lead to other questions, and that’s a good thing. Each person is born here to a certain context, time and particular culture. But regardless of which context we are born into, no one is completely dependent on external circumstances. When confronted by certain events, we can then become more aware, and realize the lack of meaning up until then. This can clench a desire to change things. The ideas and dreams we have during those moments, and the values we develop as a result can then give more meaning to life. This is how these events give us insight and enlighten our understanding of life.