{ Guest blog } : A line is made of dots…

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Written by Lilia Pegado, Paradise on Earth

A line is made of dots. Each dot represents the here and now.

To bring the awareness of the dot in people’s linear mode of living is imperative. Hence our InTRANSIT Festival project ‘Paradise on Earth: Give and Take.’

My co-creator Donald Hutera and I share the same understanding of the dot. By enhancing the possibilities of that infinite circular space/time — the dot, which belongs to everyone and to each one of us — we intend to create a series of events, tiny and brief, that will somehow promote a flux of oxygenated blood in people’s brains through fun, pleasure and joy. The result: enchantment!

Will we achieve it? Perhaps not to the extent we would love. But I have no doubt whatsoever that people will remember it with a smile.

This might provide some interesting additional reading…

“Which is where our moustachioed horse-lover comes in. “My formula for greatness in a human being,” Nietzsche wrote in a chapter splendidly entitled Why I Am So Clever, “is amor fati” – Latin for “love of one’s fate”. He wanted, he explained, “to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth!” Amor fati is all about living with no regrets, but not in the modern way. Carpe diem means making daring decisions, so as not to feel regret later on, whereas amor fati means (among other things) learning to love the choices you’ve already made, daring or not. After all, if a given aspect of life is truly “necessary”, refusing to embrace it means rejecting reality. And what could be more truly necessary than the past, which has already happened and can’t be undone?

Once you grasp this, the modern mantra of “no regrets” begins to look not courageous but fear-based: a desperate, panicky effort to avoid future sadness. By contrast, and paradoxically, amor fati offers a more full-throated way of overcoming regret: by accepting it. It’s not a matter of making bold choices “before it’s too late”, but rather of seeing that it’s already too late, and always has been. This is deeply liberating. You only live once. Why waste it trying to have no regrets?” Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian


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