Reflections on Amsterdam Winter Retreat 2015 by Anne Stadler

Reflections on Amsterdam Winter Retreat 2015 by Anne Stadler

Is citizenship “place based”? Or conferred by membership in nation, tribe, or community?  I feel it is internalized: a place of dynamic peace within each person.

In Amsterdam InClaritas 2014, i saw the entrepreneurial zeal of individual Amsterdam citizens expressed in countless group portraits at both the Hermitage and the Rijksmuseum.

In Amsterdam 2015 I saw similar characteristics expressed in place relationships with nature; in planetary exploration & trade, at the Amsterdam museum; and in exploring the nature and meaning of life, in the Ritman Museum of Hermetic Philosophy.

Here’s what i’m noticing re citizenship:
1. Individual human initiative & innovation was key to citizenship: expressed in publishing, free speech & discourse, and freedom of movement.
2. Working in groups is essential for the material accomplishment of individual enterprise for the benefit of the whole AND the individual.
3. Balance is fundamental: between human & nature; between human and human; between finite world and infinite (“As above, so below”)
4. Knowledge emerges from the infinite field via contemplation & introspection, and enters the finite via dialogue, exploration, and experience.  It is emergent & provisional.
5.  Humility, compassion, and “Yes…and?” are active ingredients of citizenship as is humor!

Anne stadler

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