• Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway

    Pietre Vive Malta

    As the speed of living increases, we often find ourselves rushing through our various experiences. The painting Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway by William Turner depicts a laceration of the lush English countryside by the great new railway which connected major cities across the country. The rail ...

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  • Becoming Who You Are, Part 1

    Ian Diacono

    I recently read a book by James Martin, SJ. His book titled ‘Becoming Who You Are’ gives its reader insights on living the True Self from Thomas Merton and other saints. In this book Martin, SJ immediately sets the pace by quoting the most famous phrase the Trappist monk, Thomas ...

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  • Can an AI love me?

    Matthew Pulis

    Artificial intelligence is beginning to leave its mark on entire industries from finance to medicine. Yet the most revolutionary application has yet to arrive—and it’s an existential one. As thinking machines continue to evolve, we need to start redefining humanity, and thus, personal relationships. Or as Kurzweil foresees, is it ...

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  • What it means to be both Maltese and European

    Dr Alfred Sant

    ​Fuelled by globalisation and what is partly its by-product, immigration, identity issues have again become prominent in political and social debate. They have always been close to the surface of public affairs in Europe, a continental space which in human terms, developed par excellence as a conglomerate of different, if ...

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  • Malta’s EU Presidency – a few reflections

    Dr Lawrence Gonzi

    Malta’s EU Presidency is taking place during a defining moment for all of us. It is happening at a time when we are surrounded by political turmoil and uncertainty which is questioning most of our long standing values chief amongst which are our belief in the dignity of the human ...

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  • Freeing Expression

    Pyt Farrugia

    “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln, writing those words to Henry Pierce, articulated the basic fact that democracy cannot successfully function, let alone thrive and flourish, without freedom of expression. Democracy is more ...

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  • In-Nisrani u l-Kultura

    Fr Nicholas Cachia

    “Fid-dinja imma mhux tad-dinja.” Hekk qal Ġesù dwar id-dixxipli tiegħu fit-talba lill-Missier qabel ma bata għalina. F’dokument tat-tieni seklu tal-Knisja, imsejjaħ Ittra lil Djonjetu, naqraw: “L-insara ma għandhomx x’jagħżilhom mill-bqija tal-bnedmin, la l-pajjiż, la l-ilsien, u lanqas drawwiet speċjali… Ħajjithom hi fuq l-art, iżda belthom is-sema.” Ġesù jsejjaħ ukoll lid-dixxipli ...

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  • Riflessjonijiet fuq il-Maltin f’Jum San Valentin

    L-Għaqda tal-Malti – Università

    Riflessjonijiet fuq identitajiet Maltin (b’naqra mħabba għal Jum San Valentin) Spiss naħsbu fl-identità bħala xi ħaġa immutabbli, fissa sa minn żmien żemżem u daqshekk. B’danakollu, din l-ewwel sentenza diġà tisfida dan il-kunċett t’identità billi tinqeda bi kliem ta’ nisel differenti. Din ix-xhieda ta’ taħlit lingwistiku hi sintomatika ta’ taħlit fl-identità ...

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  • The Fight between Carnival and Lent

    Pietre Vive Malta

    As the days roll by, the Carnival vibes seem ever closer and alongside this, so does the kaleidoscopic reality it presents. Pieter Bruegel takes this celebration as a starting point for the chaotic scene depicted in ‘The Fight between Carnival and Lent’, and evokes a contrast between the former and ...

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  • Humanity at the Crossroads

    Pietre Vive Malta

    Reflection on “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymous Bosch (c. 1500) “For he spake and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast”. So does Hieronymous Bosch introduce us to this most stunning Triptych, which we now call “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. On the exterior shutters, the ...

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