The “Settimana del Buon Vivere” that is the “Week of Good Living” has again taken place at Forli, North Italy with two moments obtaining the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
An opening Round Table was held Forlì, 26 September 2012 – Museum of San Domenico, Refectory on “The (anti)economy of culture or culture as development of the economy?”, with the participation of Monsignor Franco PERAZZOLO (Official of the Pontifical Council for Culture) Enrico MENDUNI (Writer) Gabriele LAVIA (Actor and Theatre Director) Piergiuseppe DOLCINI (Banker) Roberto BALZANI (Mayor of Forlì and Historian), under the moderation of Francesca PARISINI (Journalist, La Repubblica).
The exchange of ideas, which was much appreciated by the many people present, can be synthesised in just a few lines: life can become meaningful if it goes in the opposite direction to the way in which the world has been chasing financial interests and profits and engaged in an unbounded acceleration to a sort of economic integralism. If profit, as Schiller admonished, "is the great idol of our time (das große Idol der Zeit), at which all forces serve and all talents must pay homage", then the centrality of the human person is the most efficacious act, not least in how it reveals each person's identity, which a human community can fulfil to interrupt the circuit of egoistic gain and personal profit which excludes the common good. In fact, the objective of money and knowledge should not be the conquest and the possession, but the suspension of their tyranny, or the quest for the meaning of being.