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UPCOMING EVENTS:
21 - 28 FEBRUARY 2017

 
& OPPORTUNITIES
TO TAKE ACTION

 
& FACING OURSELVES,
OUR REALITIES

FT. ALAN WATTS ON
CARL G. JUNG

+ JAMES BALDWIN
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UPCOMING
—EVENTS



22—02—2017 
 
 

Storytelling Berlin: You had me at hello

 

Club Motte is a monthly storytelling series with events in Berlin, London, Brooklyn and the Bay Area.  This time around, in Berlin, the theme is "You had me at hello". Whether it was another human or object or city, it's your time to tell a story about something that captivated you right from the very start.

 

BERLIN-KREUZBERG
MORE INFO HERE



 
 
23—02—2017 


Opening: Jenny Holzer 'Inflammatory Essays'


Between 1979 and 1982, American artist Jenny Holzer produced a series of posters printed on colored paper, known as the 'Inflammatory Essays', and pasted them in densely populated areas of New York City. The texts tackle everything from power, politics, history and sex. The essays will be on show at Oracle from Feb. 24 - March 17, 2017.



 
BERLIN-CHARLOTTENBURG
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23—02—2017 


Reading: 'No play - Feminist Training Camp

 

In May and June 2016, the 'No play Feminist Training Camp' took place in Berlin. A reading will take place with editors of the publication, which is a collection of edited materials from the No Place Feminist Training Camp. The book presentation will examine what feminist practices can do in a political landscape where far-right parties are gaining more visibility across Europe.



BERLIN-KREUZBERG
MORE INFO HERE


 
23—02—2017 


Poetry Meets Reggae-Soul


This edition of Poetry Meets will feature a line-up of artists that work at the intersection of poetry and roots reggae-soul. There will also be special short film screening and open mic to present music or poetry.



BERLIN-NEUKÖLLN
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Close-up of
Burnt Canvas 5 (1973)
by Joan Miró

 
 
OPPORTUNITIES
—TO TAKE ACTION

 
 
 

21—02—2017

THE CHANGER Hangout Berlin

 

Are you becoming increasingly bogged down with each passing day from reading the news? Do you want to do something, but don't know what? By the looks of it, the guests attending the upcoming THE CHANGER Hangout at Impact Hub Berlin might be able to offer some insights. Speakers from GoVolunteer, Das Progressive Zentrum, The European Moment and Die Offene Gesellschaft will be presenting ideas on grassroots activism, social entrepreneurship and how to counter hate and intolerance while striving for a democratic and liberal society. 



 
BERLIN-MITTE
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*If you have any tips or leads on upcoming actions in Berlin, please email: lit.in.berlin@gmail.com Thank you!*

FACING | OURSELVES

FACING | OURSELVES

 
      "There was a sort of twinkle in [Carl] Jung's eye that gave me the impression that he knew himself to be just as much a villain as everybody else... 
in the twinkle in his eye, it showed he knew and recognized,
what I sometimes call 'the element of irreducible rascality' in himself,
and he knew it so strongly, and so clearly, and in a way so lovingly,
that he would not be led to those thoughts,
                feelings
and acts of violence                    
towards others which are always characteristic of the people
            who project the devil in themselves upon the outside, upon somebody else,
upon the scapegoat...
 
Now this made Jung a very integrated character.
                ....He was a man who was terribly with himself.
Having seen and accepted his own nature profoundly,
he had a kind of unity and absence of conflict in his own nature...
He was the sort of man that could feel anxious and afraid and guilty
without being ashamed of feeling this way.
In other words, he understood that an integrated person is not a person
who simply eliminated the sense of guilt or sense of anxiety from his life,
who is fearless and wooden and a kind of sage of stone
but he's a person who feels all of these things
but has no recrimination against himself for feeling them."

 
 

FACING | REALITIES

FACING | REALITIES

 

      "I can't be a pessimist because I'm alive.
To be a pessimist means
that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter
so I'm forced to be an optimist.
I'm forced to believe that we can survive whatever we must survive.


But the future of the Negro in this country is precisely as bright or as dark as the future of this country. It is entirely up to the American people and our representatives... whether or not they're going to face and deal with and embrace the stranger whom they maligned so long. 
 

What white people have to do, is try and find out in their own hearts
why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place,
because I'm not a nigger, I'm a man,
but if you think I'm a nigger, it means you need it.


The question you have got to ask yourself —
the white population of this country has got to ask itself...
If I'm not a nigger here and you invented him,
you, the white people, invented him,
then you've got to find out why.
And the future of the country depends on that.
Whether or not it's able to ask that question.
 

 

FACING | OURSELVES
FACING | OURSELVES
FACING | OURSELVES

 

      "I want to read a passage from one of his lectures, which I think is one of the greatest things he ever wrote and which has been a marvelous thing for me. It was in a lecture that he delivered to a group of clergymen in Switzerland a considerable number of years ago. And he writes:

     'People forget that even doctors have moral scruples and that certain patient’s confessions are hard even for a doctor to swallow. Yet the patient does not feel himself accepted unless the very worst of him is accepted too. No one can bring this about by mere words. It comes only through reflection and through the doctor’s attitude towards himself and his own dark side. If the doctor wants to guide another or even accompany him a step of the way, he must feel with that person’s psyche...
 
We cannot change anything unless we accept it.
Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
I am the oppressor of the person I condemn,
not his friend and fellow sufferer...

 
        I do not in the least mean to say that we must never pass judgment when we desire to help and improve. But, if the doctor wishes to help a human being, he must be able to accept him as he is. And he can do this in reality only when he has already seen and accepted himself as he is.
 
Perhaps this sounds very simple,
but simple things are always the most difficult.
In actual life, it requires the greatest art to be simple.
And so, acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem,
and the acid test of one’s whole outlook on life.'"

 
 
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