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The Predicament of Ignorance

"A lack of idealism is victimizing humanity," writes the lead article of The Fountain Magazine May-June 2015 issue. Idealism is not a theory or an argument; here idealism is a reason to get motivated. Do you have a reason behind every act you perform? What makes you continue when faced with a difficulty? As humans we are in need of many material resources to survive. However, does having it all promise satisfaction? If not, what is the idea behind waking up every day? What makes us feel alive?

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More Is Different

Can we understand the meaning and poetry of Shakespeare using just the letters of the alphabet? Can we comprehend the size of the moon within the larger universe using just 9 digits? Can we think of a laboratory where the wind rules and makes flawless chemical compounds? With our bare eyes, can we deduce all the chemical compounds on the periodic table of elements? Can we look at the colors on a plate and see Monet, Picasso, and Rembrandt?

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The Real Diamonds of South Africa

An international youth festival is a place to observe the potential of the future and what appeals to the new generations. International youth festivals around the world focus on arts, peace, film, music, prayer, and public speaking. For instance, the Global Youth Festival held in India is inspired to carry on the message of Mahatma Gandhi. The International Youth Arts Festival held in the United Kingdom aims to discover new talents, and potentially new methods and genres, in art. Some festivals focus on ideologies, such as a left-wing festival that has been organized since 1947, the World Festival of Youth and Students.

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Harvesting Meaning: Four Cups of TeaA human is a being who turns the most trivial things into a festival of comprehension and understanding. Yet, tea has never been casual for some – especially when it is presented in a prayer hall. Such a gesture reminds us how sharing makes human souls shine and grow.

"Four Cups of Tea" illuminates four examples of collaboration and coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims. The first example, or the first cup of tea, makes the readers feel warm and cozy. It is about a monastery tablet. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, issued a decree of protection to the Christian monks at the Monastery of St. Catherine, which is located at the top of Mt. Sinai. Today, this tablet is at the entrance of the monastery. The master of St. Catherine’s college at the University of Oxford is also one of the directors of the Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University. Now, the academic monastery that is named St. Catherine offers tea to Islamic Studies.

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Three Books, One Journey

Imagine a magical book: you open it, and it opens itself to a second, and then third, book. This is what The Fountain magazine invites its readers to do. When the reader opens this magazine, on its pages, two more books are revealed. The reader reads the magazine, but the articles also read the reader; suddenly, the universes of micro and macro converge between the lines. The meaning, the human, and the universe unfold and each reads the other on every page of the journey.

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Condemning Charleston ShootingsThe Fountain shares its condolences with the families and friends who lost their beloved ones in what appears to have been a crime of racist hatred in Charleston, South Carolina. We condemn the attack regardless of any reasons that motivated it.

During times of tragedy like this, when everyone seeks answers to questions like "why?" and "how?" we are reminded of the lead article in The Fountain's very first issue. It was on compassion.

"Compassion is the beginning of being; without it, everything is chaos. Everything has come into existence through compassion and by compassion it continues to exist in harmony."

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