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The other day I was happy to talk to someone who is Greek-Portuguese and who understood the name of my company, Eudaimonia. We agreed that the best translation to English is "human flourishing" - although we didn't come to any conclusion about how to say it in Portuguese.
Eudaimonia was again in my conversation with Luís, who I hope is going to help me improve the design of my webpage. I was looking for images and metaphors for the design and sent him some info-bytes about Eudaimonia from wikipedia:
Eudaimonia is constituted, according to Aristotle, not by honor, or wealth, or power, but by rational activity in accordance with virtue over a complete life. Such activity manifests the virtues of character, including courage, honesty, pride, friendliness, and wittiness; the intellectual virtues, such as rationality in judgment; and non-sacrificial (i.e. mutually beneficial) friendships and scientific knowledge (knowledge of things that are fundamental and/or unchanging is the best)."
"Phronesis" the name of my blog - is the Greek name for the knowledge you need in order to achieve Eudaimonia)
Then, today, a friend (Filipa) sent me of a quotation by Goethe, which also captures an idea of human flourishing. I was reminded - again - of the greatness of some people (like Aristotle and Goethe) in whose discourse and designs we still live and (re)create meaning for our own lives. All the things we talk about now, from ethics to pattern theory to communities to colour and beyond, are revisiting and regenerating conversations they already had.
Anyway, here's Goethe's quote, which for me contains the essence of human flourishing:
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming."
Still on the trail of making sure I don't pay taxes I don't have to I opened a Skype business account, which means that I don't have to pay VAT on the SkypeOut calls I make.
You register for the business account (for which, btw, you can have several users) and enter your VAT number. The first time I did it I was told that my number wasn't a valid Skype number, but learned from a friend that a European VAT number is your regular VAT number (NIF in Portugal) with your country code in front of it.
My name is Bev Trayner and I live in Setúbal, Portugal. The focus of my research and practice is designing for learning in distributed communities. I am particularly interested in connecting people in international communities. Key words are: communities of practice, learning, meaning-making, inclusion, multiliteracies, Portugal, and Web2.0 technologies. Keeping a blog helps me navigate my way through different practices and world views. Phronesis includes pondering on the specifics and the universal. It follows on from my previous blog "Em duas línguas".
Eu sou Bev Trayner e moro em Setúbal, Portugal. O objecto da minha investigação e da minha prática é o design para aprendizagem nas “comunidades distribuídas” (virtuais). Estou particularmente interessada nas ligações entre pessoas nas comunidades internacionais. As palavras-chave são: comunidades de prática, aprendizagem, a produção de sentido, inclusão, multi-literacias, Portugal e as tecnologias de Web2.0
Escrevo este blog porque me ajuda a navegar entre diferentes práticas e diferentes visões do mundo. Phronesis, a contemplar o particular e o universal, vem no seguimento do meu blog "Em duas línguas."