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Albert Schweitzer

Fecha de nacimiento: 14. Enero 1875
Fecha de muerte: 4. Septiembre 1965

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Albert Schweitzer OM fue un médico, filósofo, teólogo, y músico alemán nacionalizado francés, misionero médico en África y Premio Nobel de la Paz en 1952, también conocido por su vida interpretativa de Jesús y su profundo conocimiento de los textos bíblicos. Nació en la provincia de Alsacia y Lorena, en ese entonces parte del Imperio Alemán, hoy Francia. Schweitzer, un luterano, desafió tanto la visión secular de Jesús representado por la metodología histórico-crítica de su época en ciertos círculos académicos, así como la visión tradicional cristiana. Él representaba a Jesús como alguien que, literalmente, creía que el fin del mundo estaba llegando en su propia vida y se creía a sí mismo como un salvador.

Como músico, desde pequeño aprendió a tocar el piano y siguiendo la tradición familiar -su padre y abuelo fueron organistas- estudio para interpretar en dicho instrumento, siendo alumno del compositor francés Charles-Marie Widor. A su vez se interiorizó en lo que respecta a la construcción de órganos.

El poner en práctica en su propia vida su filosofía de "Reverencia por la vida" fue lo que le valió el Premio Nobel y el reconocimiento mundial; una actitud que expresó de muchas formas, siendo la más famosa el haber fundado y mantenido el Hospital Albert Schweitzer en Lambaréné, ahora Gabón, al oeste de África central, en aquel tiempo todavía África ecuatorial francesa.

Era tío carnal del filósofo y escritor Jean-Paul Sartre.

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Frases Albert Schweitzer

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

—  Albert Schweitzer
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.

„The ethic of reverence for life constrains all, in whatever walk of life they may find themselves, to busy themselves intimately with all the human and vital processes which are being played out around them, and to give themselves as men to the man who needs human help and sympathy. It does not allow the scholar to live for his science alone, even if he is very useful to the community in so doing. It does not permit the artist to exist only for his art, even if he gives inspiration to many by its means. It refuses to let the business man imagine that he fulfills all legitimate demands in the course of his business activities.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Context: The ethic of reverence for life constrains all, in whatever walk of life they may find themselves, to busy themselves intimately with all the human and vital processes which are being played out around them, and to give themselves as men to the man who needs human help and sympathy. It does not allow the scholar to live for his science alone, even if he is very useful to the community in so doing. It does not permit the artist to exist only for his art, even if he gives inspiration to many by its means. It refuses to let the business man imagine that he fulfills all legitimate demands in the course of his business activities. It demands from all that they should sacrifice a portion of their own lives for others. In what way and in what measure this is his duty, this everyone must decide on the basis of the thoughts which arise in himself, and the circumstances which attend the course of his own life. The self-sacrifice of one may not be particularly in evidence. He carries it out simply by continuing his normal life. Another is called to some striking self-surrender which obliges him to set on one side all regard for his own progress. Let no one measure himself by his conclusions respecting someone else. The destiny of men has to fulfill itself in a thousand ways, so that goodness may be actualized. What every individual has to contribute remains his own secret. But we must all mutually share in the knowledge that our existence only attains its true value when we have experienced in ourselves the truth of the declaration: 'He who loses his life shall find it. p. 267

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