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The goal

Why we engage

What is the meaning of our engagements in projects, in our jobs or elsewhere? What are the components of what is commonly called meaning at work?  How do individuals and social groups build this meaning?

The ultimate goal

What are we looking for through our various actions in the world? Is there a thread that links them? Does it lead us to some “Grail”, some ultimate goal, and in this case what is it? Do we ever reach it? Why do “quest” and “question” share the same etymology ?Is a quest, the quest for the answer to a question?

The journey and the goal

There is a complex relationship between the goal and the journey towards it. Is the journey just a means to an end, or does the goal only exist in order to let us make the journey…?

A pseudo-quest: waiting with attention

Yves Emery

December 2013

 Before daring looking in the direction of God, we must already be able to face ourselvesin the mirror

Most of the quests that are presented in this site describe how their authors managed to be able to face themselves again in the mirror. As far as I am concerned, the eco- organic approach got me out of the rut at a time when this approach was still far from being widely accepted. By growing and  mainly by consuming in a different way, i.e. with moderation and responsibility, I felt I was re- owning, becoming again or even simply becoming  myself, after I had been robotized in order to increase the benefits and power of the ruling elite, what they call “growth”. This was in the early 90’s and I was in my 40’s.

Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita regarding action in the world

March 2013

The Bhagavad Gita is one if the major texts of the Indian tradition. It is a part of one of its major books, the Mahabharata. This book tells the story of five brothers, the Pandavas. They are ruling over their kingdom until they are ousted by the Kauravas, their neighbours and cousins, a one hundred brothers family, thanks to a dishonest trick.

Psychoanalysis of the link to work; reading notes

April 2013

« Psychanalyse du lien au travail Â» is a book by Roland Guinchard (Issy les Moulineaux, Elsevier Masson, 2011). It is written in French.

It studies, from a psychoanalytical point of view, the meaning of our involvement in work. It must be remembered that work was not a central object in Freud’s eyes. According to him, the work an individual could achieve in the world was, at best, the outcome of what he termed sublimation, i.e. the diversion of the sexual drive into non-sexual, socially acceptable and valuable objects. Is this all about it? No, says Roland Guinchard, himself a psychoanalyst…

The goal's paradox

January 2013

In an episode of Mahabharata, Drona, the greatest master in arms of his time, teaches the art of archery to young princes. Drona has placed a bird made of straw on the top of a tree. He invites his first student to aim at it. "What do you see ?" he asks. The student replies: "I see the bird". "What else?", Drona asks. "I see", the student says, " also the tree, and you". "Leave your arch", said Drona. Then come other princes. They too aim at the bird and are asked the question: "What do you see ?". They reply that they see the bird, and the tree, or the sky, or a cloud. To them, too, Drona tell to stay aside. Finally comes Arjuna, who is to become the best warrior in the world; he aims at the bird. To Drona's question, he replies: "The bird". "Describe it to me" says Drona. " I can't" says Arjuna, "I can only see his eye". "Release your arrow", says Drona. And the bird falls down, hit by his arrow.

Why do you want to paint ?

See on another page of this site, â€śLe temps des cerises “how two characters of a play, answer this question.

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