Why Inspire?

Why Inspire?


Inspire is a place where science and self-knowledge meet with the good things in life: live music, inspired people, good food, and fun. Inspire is definitely a unique festival, but for some it may not be an ‘easy’ festival. Therefore I would like to explain my idea behind the festival.
Science is relatively easy: from a safe distance we observe the outside world and we try to discover the laws of the universe. When you look at the technological progress of the past 75 years, we can say that science has been very successful. Even to the extent that some are getting worried that things may get out of control.
 
Self-knowledge is science also; it has its focus on the inner-world.  It tries to look at how thoughts, feelings, and emotions are connected to each other and how these are triggered by events in the outside world. It is practiced through art, in management trainings, by visiting a psychologist, and in a variety of workshops. This is where things get personal and therefore may feel ‘uneasy’. All science has its origins in curiosity, but to acquire self-knowledge, more is needed.
 
Physicists dream of a Theory of Everything that would enable us to explain and eventually master every aspect of nature, supposedly making us Masters of the Universe.
 
In fundamental theories of physics, such as quantum theory and relativity theory, all is one, everything is connected and elementary particles are spontaneously created from nothing . Furthermore the outcome of experiments cannot be separated from the observer. This observer is an idealized version: she is completely objective.
This does make me wonder how much faith we can have in a theory of everything that does not include a realistic image of us.
 
Because, this observer is us! And as we all know, we perceive the world through glasses that are colored by our upbringing, our relationships, our successes, and disappointments. In addition, a large part of our thoughts and behavior has been ‘automated’ in habits, reflexes, and patterns of thought.  In itself there is nothing wrong with this: it is a matter of efficiency and it has taken us far in a world that is changing faster and faster.
 
Until we get stuck somewhere and we have to conclude that our fixed patterns of thought are not helping us to achieve our goals in life.  The easy way out is to change course and adjust our goals. But why would we do that? The more scientific, rational approach is to start investigating what is really going on. This makes it possible to free us from reflexes and patterns of thought that no longer serve its original purpose.
 
For me, true freedom lies in the ability to meet everything the world has to offer as is: free from prejudice and bias. We may be surprised by seeing how much more possibilities are being offered to us. We only have to choose.
So, why wait until we get stuck somewhere?

Inspire is meant for everyone, young and old, spiri or not, who is prepared to accept a bit of a challenge and is willing to try to get the most out of life.

However, Inspire is as any other party. It’s just an idea, until you make it real.

Dick van Zuijlen

Why Inspire?


Inspire is a place where science and self-knowledge meet with the good things in life: live music, inspired people, good food, and fun. Inspire is definitely a unique festival, but for some it may not be an ‘easy’ festival. Therefore I would like to explain my idea behind the festival.
 
Science is relatively easy: from a safe distance we observe the outside world and we try to discover the laws of the universe. When you look at the technological progress of the past 75 years, we can say that science has been very successful. Even to the extent that some are getting worried that things may get out of control.
 
Self-knowledge is science also; it has its focus on the inner-world.  It tries to look at how thoughts, feelings, and emotions are connected to each other and how these are triggered by events in the outside world. It is practiced through art, in management trainings, by visiting a psychologist, and in a variety of workshops. This is where things get personal and therefore may feel ‘uneasy’. All science has its origins in curiosity, but to acquire self-knowledge, more is needed.
 
Physicists dream of a Theory of Everything that would enable us to explain and eventually master every aspect of nature, supposedly making us Masters of the Universe.
 
In fundamental theories of physics, such as quantum theory and relativity theory, all is one, everything is connected and elementary particles are spontaneously created from nothing . Furthermore the outcome of experiments cannot be separated from the observer. This observer is an idealized version: she is completely objective.
 
This does make me wonder how much faith we can have in a theory of everything that does not include a realistic image of us.
 
Because, this observer is us! And as we all know, we perceive the world through glasses that are colored by our upbringing, our relationships, our successes, and disappointments. In addition, a large part of our thoughts and behavior has been ‘automated’ in habits, reflexes, and patterns of thought.  In itself there is nothing wrong with this: it is a matter of efficiency and it has taken us far in a world that is changing faster and faster.
 
Until we get stuck somewhere and we have to conclude that our fixed patterns of thought are not helping us to achieve our goals in life.  The easy way out is to change course and adjust our goals. But why would we do that? The more scientific, rational approach is to start investigating what is really going on. This makes it possible to free us from reflexes and patterns of thought that no longer serve its original purpose.
 
For me, true freedom lies in the ability to meet everything the world has to offer as is: free from prejudice and bias. We may be surprised by seeing how much more possibilities are being offered to us. We only have to choose.
 
So, why wait until we get stuck somewhere?

Inspire is meant for everyone, young and old, spiri or not, who is prepared to accept a bit of a challenge and is willing to try to get the most out of life.

However, Inspire is as any other party. It’s just an idea, until you make it real.

Dick van Zuijlen