Today we live in an Age of Dependence where man thrives on the description of the world — he bases his system of values on his possessions, position and social status, no longer caring for the intuition and the dream that may have brought him there, and no longer seeking to raise himself to higher levels.

Man has run throughout the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Reason like a dog chasing its tail to finally collapse on a rug of complacency. Seen in this light the entire world is in danger.

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If the discoveries of Columbus and Vespucci served to prove the world is not flat, today, those same minds looking candidly at the modern world would be convinced of the opposite. The superficiality and flatness of the inner world of man today is a sad commentary on his lack of inner freedom.

Some hundreds of years after its discovery, the forefathers of America returned to Italy to ask an Italian, Gaetano Filangeri, an emblematic phrase to eternalize and perpetuate their spirit. In fact, the Declaration of Independence was then drawn up to declare that man is born with certain inalienable rights among which’ life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ and not merely ‘the right to own property,’ as originally proposed by John Locke. It was a last effort made in the quest towards freedom and individuality — a reminder to look within, to pursue one’s own happiness and individuality.

Vespucci and Columbus travelled over unknown seas and endured great perils to prove that the world was not flat, and now that same journey must be taken by each individual, inwardly ; by diving into the unknown deep within themselves. It takes great courage, but the answer to every apparent problem today is in standing on the edge, and looking inside.

Explorers like Vespucci and Columbus, inventors like Enrico Fermi, and Henry Ford, visionaries like Walt Disney, Frank Lloyd Wright were all individuals who had freed themselves from psychological slavery.

Only through the work of a School can one find the key to the source of his own creativity and power of doing. Only in a School of Being can a man learn that the ‘harmonizing’ opposites within himself is the only way to rise above them to a new order and a New World.

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Elio D’Anna, Founder and President of @eseschool, best-selling author, businessman, musician and producer