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S. Miguel do Pinheiro


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S. Miguel do Pinheiro, HFF

S. Miguel do Pinheiro, HFF
Church of the XV-XVI century, which features various styles from the Mannerist, Baroque and Rococo. The altarpiece of the high altar, murals of the dressing room and the bell tower are from the Baroque period.

ABOUT CONFINEMENT:

"At rest in a room"
by Gaspard Koenig

Are the containment measures preparing for an epidemic of depression? A study published in the scientific journal General Psychiatry analyses the disorders linked to forced isolation in China and Hong Kong: anxiety, depression, phobias, compulsive behaviour, which can degenerate into severe psychological distress in 5% of subjects. How to (re)learn to live alone with oneself?

The study seems to give reason to Pascal, who in his famous thought 192 on the misery of man noted "that all the misfortune of men comes from not knowing how to rest in a room". Accustomed to frenetic entertainment, fleeing from the reality of our condition in gambling as in business, we take refuge in a perpetual dissatisfaction, always filled with new and vain challenges. When we suddenly find ourselves face to face with ourselves, what do we see? An "unavoidable mass of misery", punctuated by certain death, with or without coronavirus.

If loneliness is so painful for us, it is because the "I" is hateful. "The man who loves only himself hates nothing but being alone with himself. "He then measures the emptiness of his being. Except in religion, the object of the no less famous Easter wager, no peace is possible for a humanity that loves the excitement of the hunt but immediately turns away from the catch. Parisians spinning in their fifty square meters will have all the leisure, once the premium content of Pornhub (offered by the platform because of viruses!) is exhausted, to meditate on the inconsistency of their desires.

We nevertheless know a predecessor of Pascal's who was perfectly happy in his room: Michel de Montaigne. Refugee from the tumult of the Court in his Gascon estate, he spends his days in a vast circular library: "there I leaf through a book at this hour, at this hour through another, without order and without drawing, with loose pieces". He recommends that everyone should have a "corner" where they can withdraw from society as well as from their own family. He said: "A wretch who has no home, no place to belong".

This voluntary confinement can only bear fruit if it is accompanied by work on oneself. "The loneliness that I love and preach is, above all, only to bring my affections and thoughts back to me. "It is by first becoming oneself that one can then take care of the affairs of the world. The ego may be hateful in its raw state, but it takes on consistency as one examines it - which is the whole point of the Essays, trying to grasp, through an exposed soul, what is universal in humanity.

This recipe did not escape Stefan Zweig, exiled to Petropolis in the middle of the World War. Zweig devoted his last biography to Montaigne. In order to "remain faithful to his innermost self in times of mass madness", he wanted to step back from his tormented era. In vain, since he committed suicide in February 1942. Let's hope that confinement works better for us!


Gaspard Koenig

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"En repos dans une chambre"
par Gaspard Koenig

Les mesures de confinement préparent-elles une épidémie de dépression ? Une étude parue dans la revue scientifique General Psychiatry analyse les troubles liés à l’isolement forcé en Chine et à Hongkong : anxiété, dépression, phobies, comportements compulsifs, qui peuvent dégénérer en une détresse psychique sévère chez 5% des sujets. Comment (ré)apprendre à vivre seul avec soi-même ?

L’étude semble donner à raison à Pascal, qui dans sa fameuse pensée 192 sur la misère de l’homme constatait « que tout le malheur des hommes vient de ne savoir pas se tenir en repos dans une chambre ». Habitués à un divertissement frénétique, fuyant la réalité de notre condition dans le jeu comme dans les affaires, nous nous réfugions dans une insatisfaction perpétuelle, toujours remplie de nouveaux et vains défis. Quand nous nous trouvons soudain face à nous-mêmes, qu’y voyons-nous ? « Un amas de misères inévitables », ponctuées par une mort certaine, avec ou sans coronavirus.

Si la solitude nous est si pénible, c’est que le moi est haïssable. « L’homme qui n’aime que soi ne hait rien que d’être seul avec soi. » : il mesure alors la vacuité de son être. Hormis dans la religion, objet du non moins célèbre pari pascalien, pas de tranquillité possible pour une humanité qui aime l’excitation de la chasse mais se détourne aussitôt de la prise. Les Parisiens tournicotant dans leurs cinquante mètres carrés auront tout le loisir, une fois épuisé le contenu premium de Pornhub (offert par la plateforme pour cause de virus !), de méditer sur leur l’inconsistance de leurs désirs.

On connaît néanmoins un prédécesseur de Pascal qui était parfaitement heureux dans sa chambre : Michel de Montaigne. Réfugié du tumulte de la Cour dans son domaine gascon, il passe ses journées dans une vaste bibliothèque circulaire : « là je feuillette à cette heure un livre, à cette heure un autre, sans ordre et sans dessin, à pièces décousues ». Il recommande à chacun d’avoir un « coin » où se soustraire de la société comme de sa propre famille. « Misérable qui n’a chez soi, où être à soi ».

Cet enfermement volontaire ne peut porter ses fruits que s’il s’accompagne d’un travail sur soi. « La solitude que j’aime, et que je prêche, ce n’est principalement, que ramener à moi mes affections, et mes pensées. » C’est en commençant par devenir soi-même que l’on peut ensuite s’occuper des affaires du monde. Le moi est peut-être haïssable à l’état brut, mais il prend de la consistance à mesure qu’on l’ausculte – ce qui est tout l’objet des Essais, tâchant de saisir, à travers une âme mise à nu, ce qu’il y a d’universel dans l’humanité.

Cette recette n’échappa pas à Stefan Zweig, exilé à Petropolis en pleine guerre mondiale. Zweig consacra en effet sa dernière biographie à Montaigne. Soucieux de « demeurer fidèle à son moi le plus intime en des temps où les masses sont prises de folie », il voulut prendre du recul sur son époque tourmentée. En vain, puisqu’il se suicida en février 1942. Espérons que le confinement nous réussisse mieux !


Gaspard Koenig
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87 comments - The latest ones
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Oh! Beautiful!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Diana Australis club
Obrigada Diana, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
superbe composition
Bon WE
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to neira-Dan club
Obrigada Neira, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
Beautiful clear colours, I especially like the shadow cast by the cross! HFF, Isabel, stay healthy!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Gudrun club
The place is photogenic, when I saw the clouds I deviated from my path to take the pic...
22 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
most beautiful
HFF, and stay healthy ....serene weekend
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Annemarie club
Obrigada Annemarie, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Proxar
Proxar club
HFF :-)
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Proxar club
Obrigada Josef, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Simply wonderful Isabel.
HFF and a healthy weekend.
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Obrigada Jaap, same wishes and stay connected
22 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal shot and POV! Stay Healthy!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to William Sutherland club
Obrigada William, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Beautiful composed view.

HFF, stay healthy, Isabel!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Dida From Augsburg club
Obrigada Dida, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska club
Beautiful little church and great reading.
HFF like in Healthy Fence Friday!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Marta Wojtkowska club
Glad you appreciated the readind, Marta, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Beautiful church, Isabel and thank you for your true words !! There is always something to do even if blocked at home. Be creative instead of crying on yourself !!!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Marie-claire Gallet club
I never cry on myself, never did even when things were really dark, like you I am a fighter...
22 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Lovely church and a superb capture Isobel
HFF , take care and stay healthy
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
Obrigada Roger, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Beautiful colours and composition, Isabel. HFF and stay safe.
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to tiabunna club
Obrigada George, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
HFF, Isabel ! Have a good weekend and stay safe !
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Ulrich John club
Obrigada Ulrich, same wishes and stay connected
22 months ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
HFF to you!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Armando Taborda club
Para ti também, cuidem-se...
22 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Well done in posting those words.. Isabel.. I have read through it all... and will return again later.. to absorb and digest the meanings.. // Meanwhile.. keep well and stay safe.. - Dj.. UK.
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to David G Johnson club
Glad you took the time to read it...
22 months ago.
 Boro
Boro
SUPERBE ************** HFF Isabel
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Boro
Obrigada Thierry, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Wonderful impression of this beautiful church. HFF, wish a fine weekend - and keep healthy, Isabel !
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Percy Schramm club
Obrigada Percy, same wishes, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF Isabel - and stay healthy!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Erhard Bernstein club
Obrigada Erhard, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
UNa foto con azules espectaculares y una composicion muy ajustada con la cruz en primewr plano a la derecha, el 28 mm le dio exacto. Nítida, no parece ser hecha por una portuñolesa (jajajajjaajjajaj)
Lindo texto ISabel, en los ultimos años estoy muy casero asi que este confinamiento lo pasamos bien
Cuidate mucho
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Mario Vargas club
Jajajaja... portuñoles son personas con muchos recursos!!!!!!
Mencanta estar sola en mi casa, tengo montones de quehaceres entre dos salidas de la perrita y de ir por comida... Cuidate mucho también
22 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Superbe image HFF Isabel... oui cela sera sans doute très difficile pour certains mais soyons positif, courage pour tous !
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Jocelyne Villoing club
Obrigada Jocelyne, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A great place to be at the moment my friend.

HFF, enjoy your weekend and keep safe.
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Herb Riddle club
Obrigada Herb, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 rdhinmn
rdhinmn club
I, for one, don't need to think such lofty thoughts yet! I have writing to finish, things that should have been organized long ago, a dog to take us on long walks, and connections to people so long as there is internet or telephone, superficial as all that may be.

The photo - so well composed, and the color scheme is wonderful - almost like Santorini!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to rdhinmn club
In our South we have very similar architecture to Greece. I had a house in Santorini long time ago and felt there almost like if it was my country... except for the langage!
I am good at home too and lots of things to do, read, etc between two dog walks!
22 months ago.
 Zulma
Zulma club
HFF pa'ti también Isabel.
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Zulma club
Beijinho
22 months ago.
 Ruesterstaude
Ruesterstaude club
Gut gestaltet und schön vor dem dunkelblauen Himmel!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Ruesterstaude club
Obrigada Volker, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Belle église et contraste !
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Claudia G club
Obrigada Claudia, stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
beautiful contrasts, HFF and stay safe!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Wierd Folkersma club
Same wishes Wierd, obrigada
22 months ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
An interesting presentation made by Gaspard Koenig. For my part, I feel perfectly comfortable face to me, but I am lucky to have a big garden, a lot of books and a good internet connection... Take care, Isabel and a good weekend.
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Christa1004 club
Better for people like us who have space than for those confined in small town appartments for sure... stay safe...and connected
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Erika Akire
Erika Akire club
...HFF and stay healthy...
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Erika Akire club
Same wishes Erika, obrigada
22 months ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
The church is so pretty against the cloudy blue sky.

Interesting read. (This situation doesn't change much for me since I am a loner by nature anyway. ;-)

HFF to you, Isabel. :)
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Karen's Place club
Same for me Karen, I've always enjoyed loneliness, specially at home!
22 months ago.
Karen's Place club
has replied to Xata club
:)
22 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
How beautifully the church stands against the blue and cloudy sky!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Obrigada Rosa, Stay safe and connected
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Berny
Berny club
HFF and stay safe, Xata!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Berny club
Obrigada Berny, stay safe too
22 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A dramatic image Isabel, I think having things to do is the key to surviving this situation, I can happily play in the garden for hours, I live on my own so used to being on my own A good chance to practise macro and table top photography and maybe post more. HFF try to enjoy your weekend
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Peter Castell club
Same for me, alone and used to it, better: I enjoy it. Much more worried by some people I know than by myself under the circumstances.... Stay safe and connected
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 trester88
trester88 club
Was für ein schöner Kontrast zwischen weiß und blau!
HFF, Isabel! Bleib gesund!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to trester88 club
Our colours here... obrigada Wilhelm, stay safe and connected
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 MaggsMep
MaggsMep club
Another of your fantastic compositions Isabel. The light is fabulous and the blue and white too.
HFF and keep well!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to MaggsMep club
The light was perfect that afternoon, Maggs, obrigada and stay safe and connected
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Superb addition too the group Isobel
Thank you for posting
www.ipernity.com/group/magicalsunlight
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
Obrigada Roger, stay safe and connected
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful picture.
I will have to read the text in a quiet time - too many children around ;-)))
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Boarischa Krautmo club
LOL!
You will surely find the time for reading, Markus, you all stay safe and connected
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
A fabulous image Isabel and thought provoking notes. We are just starting the isolation process and will have to see how it goes. HFF and stay safe.
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Ecobird club
Obrigada Carol, within a couple of months we'll see, I guess, till then stay safe and connected
22 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
A luz e o céu não podiam estar melhores! Ainda é uma boa caminhada, da aldeia até à igreja! HFF com saúde, Isabel!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Dimas Sequeira club
Eu gosto de caminhar, mas por acaso vinha da padaria de S. Miguel... de carro! Obrigada Dimas. Cuide-se...
22 months ago.
 Ànn-Piaframie
Ànn-Piaframie
Merci pour le commentaire ....
Bon Week-end Isabel
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Ànn-Piaframie
Igualmente Ann, obrigada
22 months ago.
 Erika+Manfred
Erika+Manfred club
Belated HFF - stay healthy, wish you a fine weekend
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Erika+Manfred club
Same wishes, obrigada
22 months ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
Un bel ensemble!
Bom domingo!***
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Nouchetdu38 club
Obrigada Nouchet, reste en sécurité... et connecté
22 months ago.
 Anne H
Anne H club
HFF atrasado com muita força para resistir...
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Anne H club
Obrigada Anne, igualmente... cuide-se
22 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
beautiful capture and contrast between blue and white! have a good time and stay safe too!!
22 months ago.
Xata club
has replied to Gabi Lombardo club
Obrigada Gabi, stay safe and connected, we shall overcome
22 months ago.

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