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A ritual is a repetition of the same thing – the same meal, the same ceremony, the same prayer, the same celebration – in a life that is constantly changing, slipping past us, becoming something else. It is ritual that makes time a “moving image of eternity”, as Plato put it: that gives time meaning, that makes it livable. Stamp out ritual and time becomes a river flowing toward the abyss, destroying all living ties in its wake – because rituals are also irreplaceable moments of meeting.

Workers at L'Arche Le Printemps take an afternoon break to play a game of pétanque. Photo by Jonathan Boulet-Groulx.




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The editor of L'Encyclopédie de L'Agora and well known newspaper chronicler and philosopher, analyses actuality through the looking glass of Belonging.
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