Alexandra Ochirova: Culture is the Meaning-Forming Sphere of Civilization

22/09/2020 20:10

Alexandra Ochirova believes that “for a common agenda, it is enough to understand what unites us.” She stated this in her speech at an online event on the International Day of Peace.

In particular, the Deputy Secretary-General, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and poet Alexandra Ochirova noted:

- Among the eternal themes in the times of all civilizations, there was the theme of war and peace. Today, more than ever, the solution to these complex issues is to guarantee the security of the development of all peoples, the entire human civilization, and the preservation of its human face. And, probably, today is a time for understanding all approaches. The eternal questions that overwhelm the consciousness of peoples and every person - the chaos that exists, the chaos and the world order. Such paired categories as good and evil, security and responsibility, issues and problems of war and peace - are gaining key importance today. As well as the search for such imperatives that would help shape our common agenda. The agenda is very simple: it is enough to understand what unites us, what common goals can be formulated. This is, of course, the most stable thing in every person, in every civilization. These are our meanings. And culture is the most meaningful sphere that unites the spaces and times of civilization.

Of course, the world needs not only to understand the stability of economic and environmental factors, but also to return to this agenda of strengthening and developing the spiritual, moral and cultural values. This is the most important issue that UNESCO, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, and the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly are dealing with. People with advanced consciousness - scientists, politicians do this. Therefore, the most important thing is to find such imperatives that would help create a new formulation of the world agenda. This agenda would be very simple. In order to determine this path, where these goals could be implemented. They could probably be realized in a civilization of meaning, in conditions of moral order and self-worth of human life.

It was mentioned here that the Assembly regularly holds the International Day of Peace. On this day we ring the bells. I want to wish that we all were together and understand each other. So, let the ringing of these small bells, which sound in hands of very respected people who set standards for many peoples and individuals, will turn into the sound of universal bells. This is how I, as a poet, will end my speech.

Universal bell over the world
Sends the good news
Into the space of pure ether,
The world is eternal. And we are in it.
That God is with us, and everything is under God,
And morning glows in the window.
Cast copper alarm
For all alive on Earth.
It will be heard in the Universe
His prayerful attitude -
As a sign, both eternal and humble,
And the voice is truly alive.

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