Dr. Réthelyi Miklós UMNB elnök felszólalása az első Blue Sky konferencián / The speech of Rétheliy Miklós, chair of the Hungarian NatCom given at the first Blue Sky conference

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HU: 2013. november 7-9. között került megrendezésre az MTA Zenetudományi Intézetében az első európai Blue Sky konferencia "Tájkép a válság idején: a bizonytalanság kora" címmel. A rendezvény az UNESCO Magyar Nemzeti Bizottsága (UMNB) Társadalomtudományi Szakbizottságának elnöke, Miszlivetz Ferenc úr kezdeményezésére, az UMNB szakmai védnökségével került megvalósításra. Az eseményt Dr. Réthelyi Miklós nyitotta meg, beszédének teljes szövege alább olvasható.


EN: The first Blue Sky conference was organized between 7-9 November 2013 at the Institute of Musicology with the title 'Landscape of Crises - a New Age ot Uncertainty. The conference was initiated by Ferenc Miszlivetz, chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO and was supported by the Hungarian NatCom. Dr Miklós Réthelyi opened the event, his speech can be read below.

Landscape of crises – a new age of uncertainty

Speech by Dr Miklós Réthelyi

7 November 2013, Budapest

The major topic of this conference is uncertainty. We are going to hear professional contributions, so let me say a few sentences about certainty and uncertainty in general with eyes and mind of the man of the street.

Certainty or the lack of certainty tightly connected to the fact that we are living in time; Sunday will be followed by Monday. Human beings are eagerly interested about the answer to the basic question: What will the next day carry to me, to my family, to my country, to my nation? Behind this question stand the hopes and the worries about the outcome of the inevitable change. Change around us in the nature, in the society, in the family and change in my physical, mental and spiritual conditions. Change that I can initiate, support, tolerate or I have to suffer.

Since the feeling of uncertainty – triggered by change as a result of dynamism, vitality and drive or due to distraction, negligence and crime – is inescapable, we need strategy to live in a world that is a mixture of certainty and uncertainty. The significant elements of the strategy is education, knowledge, information and culture, the well known pillars of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, shortly: of the UNESCO.

The most fundamental, number one aim of the UNESCO is to guarantee education for all, in order to understand the world and people around us. The knowledge gained by research procedures is helpful for the deeper understanding. By adequate knowledge dangerous changes may be prevented or alleviated, fortunate changes can be facilitated. The culture encompasses the above two activities, the culture of connectedness and compassion helps us not to feel alone and not to feel lost in the ever changing world.

The culture of love and provision that keeps together the adult and growing members of the classical, multi-generation families grants perfect site to share the good and unwanted consequences of changes and be sure that the individual may turn to others with his or her joy and sorrow. The close circle of friends and the culture of classrooms and workplaces furnish the social milieu to learn to live a decent and productive life with uncertainty. And last but not least I have to mention the churches to provide the spiritual foreground and background of transcendence.

My final question is – since apparently we have several skills, fellow human beings and organizations to live with uncertainty – do we need certainty at all? What is absolutely certain is that each of us will die one day. But until that moment let’s consider uncertainty as the never fading source of challenges of our life.