We present a selection of texts that inspire the team of Sa Llavor and share in the weekly meetings as part of their pedagogical path.
“Two souls reside, alas! in my chest,
the one wants to separate from the other;
the one, through stubborn organs,
he clings to the world in a rude love delight;
the other rises vigorously from darkness
towards the fields of excellent ancestors ”
(Faust I, 1112-1117) Goethe
“What is education?”, J. Krishnamurti, from the book “What are you doing with your life?”
The right kind of education refers to individual freedom, which is the only one that can provide true cooperation with the whole, with everyone.
But this freedom is not achieved through the search for our own aggrandizement and success. Freedom comes with self-knowledge, when the mind goes beyond the obstacles it has created itself by craving its own security. It is the function of education to help each individual discover all these psychological obstacles, and not simply impose new patterns of behavior, new ways of thinking. Such impositions will never arouse intelligence, creative understanding, but will only condition the individual even more. Surely, this is what is happening in the world, and that is why our problems continue and multiply.
It is only when we begin to understand the deep meaning of human life that there can be a true education; but to understand, the mind must cleverly free itself from the desire for reward that generates fear and conformity. If we consider children as personal property, if for us they are the continuation of our meanness and the realization of our ambitions, then we will build an environment, a social structure in which there is no love, but only the search for egocentric advantages.
“You don’t have to understand Life’s nature”. Rainer Maria Rilke.
You don’t have to understand Life’s nature,
then it becomes a grand affair.
Let every day just of itself occur
like a child walks away from every hurt
and happens upon the gift of many flowers.
To collect and the blossoms spare,
that never enters the child’s mind.
She gently unties them from her hair,
where they were kept captive with such delight,
and the hands of the loving, youthful years
reach out to embrace the new.
Principles of “Alliance for Children”. Joan Almon.
Childhood is a time to learn about essential things; about the celestial and earthly world; about Good, Beauty and Truth.
Childhood is a time to be loved and to love; to express fear and to learn to trust; to be serious and to be calm; and to celebrate with laughter and joy.
Children have the right to dream and grow at their own pace; They have the right to make mistakes and the right to be forgiven.
Children have the right to avoid violence and hunger; of having a home and protection; and support to grow healthily, with good habits and safe nutrition.
Children need people to respect, adults whose example and kind authority can follow. They need a range of experiences, tenderness and goodness, courage and courage, even mischief and misbehavior.
Children need a loving relationship with the land, with animals and with nature, with families and with the community.
Children need moments for devotion and space for curiosity, limits that protect them and freedom to create. And time to rest, play, work.
Children need to be introduced to a world of principles, and given the freedom to discover their own.
The spirit of childhood asks for protection and food.
It is an essential part of every human being.