Man is a creature that watches. Our highly developed visual system enables us to observe our surroundings and learn about it. We are able to receive and understand information about everything around us. This is crucial for our survival, for building and developing various relationships, and for gaining a deeper insight into things.
In general, the meaning of the word “watch” is broad, multi-faceted and can vary depending on the context, in which it is used. Watching can be passive, such as simply looking at the things around you, or it can be an active and purposeful observation that enables you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself or your surroundings.
The relationship between watching and spirituality can take different forms depending on how a person perceives spirituality and in which religion or system of thought spirituality is lived. Certainly, watching can be an important tool in spirituality, because it can help you develop a deeper relationship with yourself and others, a greater self-awareness, and the ability to live in the present moment and connect with the Absolute.
This international scientific conference explores the role and place of watching in spirituality, both broadly and narrowly. Research will be conducted from the perspectives of, among others, philosophy, anthropology, psychology/psychiatry, exegesis, theology, ethics and religious studies.
Saturday, May 27th, 2023