Libertas per Cultum?
I came across Libertas per Cultum in a magazine. What appealed to me in the phrase is the lovely word Freedom that I recognized in Libertas. Like many fellow humans in the free world I am in constant search of ways to beat ‘the tyranny of the habit of fear’, as Russell puts it.
Then By Culture puzzled me. Rituals, behaviour, art. Sure, freedom is expressed by many artists in sound, movement, design or imagery, but it’s their expression and not mines - only for me to enjoy temporarily. And this enjoyment, however deep and profound, will painfully leave me. Or will it not?
Upon closer read, I understand Cultum should be interpreted more broadly or translated more freely, including education. Freedom by Education. Freedom in other words, through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels or acts.
Now let’s savour the word education for a moment. Wikipedia tells me that the Latin ‘educatio’ is related to ‘educo’ (I raise up, I erect) and ‘duco’ (I lead, I conduct).
Interesting - the formative effect of experiences can raise you up so you can lead. The effect has permanence. Freedom thus will grow by nourishment of free experiences - shared by the soulful, expressed in art, sensed in nature.
To sum up this abstract introduction: my idea is to write my blogs about free experiences with the soul (!) purpose to dare myself to tune into them and take all the time to resonate with image, conversation, design, sound, silence, texture, food, text, movement. In short, any experience of sheer amazement.