Frases de Albert Schweitzer

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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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„Just then, in my great tiredness and discouragement, the phrase "Reverence for Life" struck me like a flash. As far as I knew, it was a phrase I had never heard nor ever read.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Context: At sunset of the third day, near the village of Igendja, we moved along an island set in the middle of the wide river. On a sandback to our left, four hippopotamuses and their young plodded along in our same direction. Just then, in my great tiredness and discouragement, the phrase "Reverence for Life" struck me like a flash. As far as I knew, it was a phrase I had never heard nor ever read. I realized at once that it carried within itself the solution to the problem that had been torturing me. Now I knew that a system of values which concerns itself only with our relationship to other people is incomplete and therefore lacking in power for good. Only by means of reverence for life can we establish a spiritual and humane relationship with both people and all living creatures within our reach. Only in this fashion can we avoid harming others, and, within the limits of our capacity, go to their aid whenever they need us.

„The disastrous feature of our civilization is that it is far more developed materially than spiritually. Its balance is disturbed“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Context: The disastrous feature of our civilization is that it is far more developed materially than spiritually. Its balance is disturbed … Now come the facts to summon us to reflect. They tell us in terribly harsh language that a civilization which develops only on its material side, and not in the sphere of the spirit … heads for disaster.

„To the man who is truly ethical all life is sacred, including that which from the human point of view seems lower in the scale. He makes distinctions only as each case comes before him, and under the pressure of necessity, as, for example, when it falls to him to decide which of two lives he must sacrifice in order to preserve the other.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Context: To the man who is truly ethical all life is sacred, including that which from the human point of view seems lower in the scale. He makes distinctions only as each case comes before him, and under the pressure of necessity, as, for example, when it falls to him to decide which of two lives he must sacrifice in order to preserve the other. But all through this series of decisions he is conscious of acting on subjective grounds and arbitrarily, and knows that he bears the responsibility for the life which is sacrificed. p. 269

„Christianity has had to give up one piece after another of what it still imagined it possessed in the way of explanations of the universe. In this development it grows more and more into an expression of what constitutes its real nature.“

—  Albert Schweitzer
Context: Christianity has had to give up one piece after another of what it still imagined it possessed in the way of explanations of the universe. In this development it grows more and more into an expression of what constitutes its real nature. In a remarkable process of spiritualization it advances further and further from naive naiveté into the region of profound naiveté. The greater the number of explanations that slip from its hands, the more is the first of the Beatitudes, which may indeed be regarded as prophetic word concerning Christianity, fulfilled: "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." p. 102

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