Setu Editorial, July 2021

“It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” ― Epictetus

 

This precisely sums up the global mood of acceptance, resilience and action in the ongoing pandemics that refuses to go away.

Stoicism was re-discovered widely by a consumerist society during the Corona times that have shaken down the very foundations of human existence by amply demonstrating the fragile nature of the high-tech world and an advanced civilization.

An invisible virus that has come to tyrannize Homo sapiens like nothing before.

The only upside of the tragic situation is the way humans have bounced back, or almost.

And reclaimed a lot of lost space, energy and poise.

Philosophy and art play a crucial formative role in the evolution and growth of any culture and its change; these facilitate a recovery of the missing tempo and pace in the constant endeavor towards restoration of hope and struggle in a meaningful world through the interaction between community and praxis.

To survive is an art that needs to be mastered, especially, in tough times, when our core values and belief systems get repeatedly questioned by a grieving or agnostic mind.

It is like the light at the end of a long tunnel.

We did overcome, aided by both science and art and collective praxis.

Shadows are retreating!

Hopefully!

But humans are ready, better armed and prepared.

We march on!

This month, the special edition is on photography as an important visual art. Guest-editor Piku Chowdhury makes a careful selection of the photo albums and chooses the works of two such gifted visual artists.

You would love their stunning compositions---places and people captured on film by creative eyes, artistically!

Next month also, the second instalment of the same focus on photography continues under Piku’s watch.

No need to remind, dear reader, rest of the issue is equally a delight, all thanks to the contributors and guest-editor!

 

We conclude with another significant Stoic philosopher, Seneca:

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”

An inspiring message across centuries!

A pathway to a rounded and integrated life.

 

Take  care!

Best,

Sunil Sharma,


Editor, Setu (English)
Mumbai Metro Area, Maharashtra (India)

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