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Spirituality Thematic Issue Spirituality Thematic Issue
by Thanos Kalamidas
2015-04-11 10:23:47
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ovi27_400Even though the idea was to publish this thematic issue in the beginning of 2015, it took us three months to finalize it. Our aim in the beginning was to invite people who could represent a diverse spectrum of beliefs and spiritual ideas.

However, even though with some spiritual beliefs absent, I want to believe that we managed pretty well. Oddly we didn’t only managed to collect diverse article about spirituality but we also managed to have articles diverting spirituality. Which makes everything far more interesting.

I think the best way to see this diverting diversity is to see this special issue as a whole and not just the articles that attract your believes or your curiosity.

Then there are the pictures that accompany the articles and some that stand on their own. They also have stories to tell and to be honest I would like to add more, since I have the feeling that we often mixed spirituality with religion. But the same time as I mentioned before looking at the magazine as a whole you understand that it is not about religion but about spirituality.

From the beginning I had the feeling that this was a strange theme with a lot of semantics but looking at it finished the feeling that mission was accomplice, grew stronger inside me. You see Ovi’s aim was never to give answers but provoke questions. And I think we managed well.

A big thank you to the participants – members of the Ovi team or not – in the series their articles appear in the Ovi Thematic Issue:

Kittirat Yothnangrong,
Lady Layla,
David Sparenberg,
Prof. Emanuel L. Paparella,
Amir Khatib,
Murray Hunter,
Mirella Ionta,
Ali Najjar,
Larry Culliford,
Nikos Laios

You can download the magazine, HERE! or read in online

Enjoy!

Thanos Kalamidas

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Important note: When you download the PDF file in your computer, Adobe Reader has a tool in the toolbar that helps you to navigate the magazine in double pages, so you can enjoy in full length all the pictures.


       
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Emanuel Paparella2015-04-02 16:49:35
Great editorial work and introduction, Thanos.

The issue of spirituality is a timely reminder to both contributors and readers that in order to conceive humans holistically in all their rich humanity we need to analyze, integrate and bind together the three essential components of their humanity: the physical, the intellectual, and the spiritual. The ancient Greeks and Romans called that process “harmonia” and “religo” (binding together), and fully grasped that without that sort of analysis and exploration we humans run the real danger of reducing ourselves to a mere deterministic mechanistic machine composed of atoms and particles.

Ovi magazine is to be congratulated for the wisdom and foresight to initiate in its pages this truly necessary and vital dialogue.


Nikos Laios2015-04-03 02:21:17
Congratulations Thano on a beautifully created issue; a truly poetic and aesthetic reflection on a vital part of our humanity.


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