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Albert Schweitzer

Date de naissance: 14. janvier 1875
Date de décès: 4. septembre 1965
Autres noms: Albert Schweizer

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Albert Schweitzer, né le 14 janvier 1875 à Kaysersberg et mort le 4 septembre 1965 à Lambaréné , est un médecin, pasteur et théologien protestant, philosophe et musicien alsacien.

L'hôpital qu'il développe dans la forêt équatoriale au bord de l'Ogooué à partir de 1913 le fait connaître dans le monde entier. En 1952, l'attribution du prix Nobel de la paix lui apporte la consécration et une visibilité médiatique considérable.

Personnage marquant du XXe siècle, « homme universel », il est en même temps une figure emblématique de l'Alsace, de la théologie libérale ou des admirateurs de Jean-Sébastien Bach. On voit parfois en lui un précurseur de l'action humanitaire, de l'écologie, de l'antispécisme et du désarmement nucléaire.

La notion de « respect de la vie » et son indignation devant la souffrance sont au cœur de la démarche d'Albert Schweitzer, qui s'est voulu « un homme au service d'autres hommes », tourné vers l'action.

Nourri d'une double culture allemande et française, il bénéficie d'une aura internationale, mais, à l'exception de son Alsace natale, son œuvre reste peu connue en France où elle a été diffusée plus tardivement. L'auteur prolifique a laissé de nombreux travaux, sermons, lettres et documents, pas encore tous exploités. De leur côté, témoins, disciples et détracteurs, en Europe ou en Afrique, apportent des points de vue contrastés, que la recherche s'emploie à mettre en perspective.

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Citations Albert Schweitzer

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„Don't let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Reverence for Life (1969), Context: Don't let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert. It is your soul which matters.

„Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Kulturphilosophie (1923), Variant translation: Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. Variant translation: Until we extend the circle of compassion to all living things, we will not ourselves find peace.

„What the activity of this disposition of ours means in the evolution of the world, we do not know. Nor can we regulate this activity from outside; we must leave entirely to each individual its shaping and its extension. From every point of view, then, world- and life-affirmation and ethics are non-rational, and we must have the courage to admit it.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics, Context: The restoration of our world-view can come only as a result of inexorably truth-loving and recklessly courageous thought. Such thinking alone is mature enough to learn by experience how the rational, when it thinks itself out to a conclusion, passes necessarily over into the non-rational. World- and life-affirmation and ethics are non-rational. They are not justified by any corresponding knowledge of the nature of the world, but are the disposition in which, through the inner compulsion of our will-to-live, we determine our relation to the world. What the activity of this disposition of ours means in the evolution of the world, we do not know. Nor can we regulate this activity from outside; we must leave entirely to each individual its shaping and its extension. From every point of view, then, world- and life-affirmation and ethics are non-rational, and we must have the courage to admit it.

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„Awakening of Western thought will not be complete until that thought steps outside itself and comes to an understanding with the search for a world-view as this manifests itself in the thought of mankind as a whole.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics, Context: Awakening of Western thought will not be complete until that thought steps outside itself and comes to an understanding with the search for a world-view as this manifests itself in the thought of mankind as a whole. We have too long been occupied with the developing series of our own philosophical systems, and have taken no notice of the fact that there is a world-philosophy of which our Western philosophy is only a part. If, however, one conceives philosophy as being a struggle to reach a view of the world as a whole, and seeks out the elementary convictions which are to deepen it and give it a sure foundation, one cannot avoid setting our own thought face to face with that of the Hindus, and of the Chinese in the Far East. … Our Western philosophy, if judged by its own latest pronouncements, is much naiver than we admit to ourselves, and we fail to perceive this only because we have acquired the art of expressing what is simple in a pedantic way.

„A man is really ethical only when he obeys the constraint laid on him to help all life which he is able to succor, and when he goes out of his way to avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how far this or that life deserves sympathy as valuable in itself, nor how far it is capable of feeling. To him life as such is sacred. He shatters no ice crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics, Context: A man is really ethical only when he obeys the constraint laid on him to help all life which he is able to succor, and when he goes out of his way to avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how far this or that life deserves sympathy as valuable in itself, nor how far it is capable of feeling. To him life as such is sacred. He shatters no ice crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks. If he works by lamplight on a summer evening, he prefers to keep the window shut and to breathe stifling air, rather than to see insect after insect fall on his table with singed and sinking wings. If he goes out in to the street after a rainstorm and sees a worm which has strayed there, he reflects that it will certainly dry up in the sunshine, if it does not quickly regain the damp soil into which it can creep, and so he helps it back from the deadly paving stones into the lush grass. Should he pass by an insect which has fallen into a pool, he spares the time to reach it a leaf or stalk on which it may clamber and save itself.

„It belongs to the nature of mysticism that it is timeless and appeals to no other authority than that of the truth which it carries within it.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Indian Thought And Its Development (1936), Context: We await the Indian thinker who will expound to us the mysticism of spiritual union with infinite Being as it is in itself, not as it is set down in the ancient texts or according to the meaning read into them by their interpreters. It belongs to the nature of mysticism that it is timeless and appeals to no other authority than that of the truth which it carries within it. The pathway from imperfect to perfect recognised truth leads through the valley of reality. Ch. XVI : Looking Backward and Forward, p. 256

„The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
The Spiritual Life (1947), Context: When Christianity becomes conscious of its innermost nature, it realizes that it is godliness rising our of inward constraint. The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery. Neither knowledge nor hope for the future can be the pivot of our life or determine its direction. It is intended to be solely determined by our allowing ourselves to be gripped by the ethical God, who reveals Himself in us, and by our yielding our will to His. p. 102

„For in world- and life-affirmation and in ethics I carry out the will of the universal will-to-live which reveals itself in me. I live my life in God, in the mysterious divine personality which I do not know as such in the world, but only experience as mysterious Will within myself.
Rational thinking which is free from assumptions ends therefore in mysticism.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics, Context: Affirmation of the world, which means affirmation of the will-to-live that manifests itself around me, is only possible if I devote myself to other life. From an inner necessity, I exert myself in producing values and practising ethics in the world and on the world even though I do not understand the meaning of the world. For in world- and life-affirmation and in ethics I carry out the will of the universal will-to-live which reveals itself in me. I live my life in God, in the mysterious divine personality which I do not know as such in the world, but only experience as mysterious Will within myself. Rational thinking which is free from assumptions ends therefore in mysticism. To relate oneself in the spirit of reverence for life to the multiform manifestations of the will-to-live which together constitute the world is ethical mysticism. All profound world-view is mysticism, the essence of which is just this: that out of my unsophisticated and naïve existence in the world there comes, as a result of thought about self and the world, spiritual self-devotion to the mysterious infinite Will which is continuously manifested in the universe.

„It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics, Context: It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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