AN INITIATIVE OF MEMBERS OF THE AEGEAN UNIVERSITY
TOWARDS AN INTELLECTUAL (A Spiritual….) CHARTER OF THE AEGEAN
Our era is characterized by outstanding achievements in technology, the sciences, the protection of human rights, the rapprochement between people, economic growth. Although a significant part of world population has not yet received full benefit of these achievements, there is expectation that this will happen in the decades to come.
However, as a society, we face phenomena that cause doubts, concern and stress, since our evaluative faculty is blunted and the «sweet wine» of morality is forgotten. Our reflective ability is weakened and our thoughts, worlds and actions are usually characterized by shallowness.
We observe the creation, promotion and worship of wrong «idols» which have nothing to do with our real needs, the promotion of vices as virtues, the promotion of «rights» without corresponding obligations. Individuals are encouraged to consume more and more, usually far in excess of their needs, while, others are lacking even the most basic commodities and services. We notice essential things being transformed into nonessentials and vice versa, in order to serve better other purposes. Lack of respect for institutions is common and is enhanced through the promotion of incapable persons and/or through inappropriate behavior of people who are otherwise competent. The result is the continued downgrading of even the most important such institutions. The search for truth has become «old-fashioned» and is substituted by «toxic» phenomena. Honesty has become very scarce. Each of these undesirable characteristics supplements the other and all together corrode and shake the social fabric.
Those who sign the present declaration express our very great concern for the rapid deterioration of the social fabric, the widening economic gap, the prevalence of crash materialism over all social and spiritual values. We consider that there is great need and urgency to introduce to the educational system at all levels, a lesson based on Human Values, designed in accordance with the comprehending capacity of students at each level.
We believe that modern education should not aim only at future material gains and professional careers of young people but should also promote their inner development, encourage them cultivate virtue, incorruptibility, sense of duty, respect for all living beings, abstinence from violence, increased sense of responsibility, the creation of a critical mind so that the new generations of citizens are able to distinguish between the real and genuine from the deceptive, and become eager to offer altruistic service, to work hard, support those in need, live with sincerity, kindness and selfishness.
The educational program which we propose as basic part of an educational reform should incorporate, among others, elements from ancient Greek education, contemporary philosophy, sociology, psychology and comparative religion.
Evangelos Moutsopoulos, Professor of Philosophy, Academic – Honorary Doctorate, University of the Aegean
Ioannis Lyritzis, Professor of Archaeometry, University of the Aegean, (Associate Member of the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts Dijon, France)
Roussos – Emmanouil Papadakis, District Attorney of the Supreme Court, Scientific Partner in Collaboration with the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean
Athens, 21 March 2007
Signing jointly or supporting the initiative:
Prof P . Ligomenidis (Academic),
Prof K . Sbolopoulos (Academic),
Prof A . Troumpis (Dean, University of the Aegean)
prof Th . Lekkas (University of the Aegean),
Prof S . Katsikas (University of Piraeus),
Prof Ch . Zerefos (Academic),
Prof A . Savvidis (University of the Aegean),
G . Markopoulos (Composer),
Prof K . Mpeis (Professor Emeritus, LegalSchool, University of Athens),
Prof N . Polemikos (University of the Aegean),
Prof G . Kottis (Professor Emeritus, AthensLaw School, University of Athens),
V. Drosos (Chairman of the Attorney’s Association of Kos),
L . Georgiadis (Chairman of the Attorney’s Association of Mitilini),
Associate Prof M . Pourkos (University of Crete),
Prof G . Xanthaki – Karamanou (University of Peloponissos),
Prof Ch . Bitsilaki (Assistant Rector, University of the Aegean),
Prof I . Chatzopoulos (University of the Aegean),
Associate Prof I . Sakkas (University of the Aegean),
Prof L . Karali (University of Athens),
Dr P . Kousoulis (Egyptologist, University of the Aegean),
Dr A . Kelesidou (former Director of the Academy of Athens),
Prof P . Dimotakis (Retired professor, University of Patra)
Associate Prof. S . Psycharis (University of the Aegean and SELETE)
Prof G . Tsokas (AristotleUniversity of Thessaloniki)
Prof K . Sideris (Prof. Emeritus, University of Athens)
Lakis Chalkias (Artist)