Momento Espírita
Curitiba, 20 de Janeiro de 2020
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When we enter the History of the great maritime discoveries, it is natural that we should be excited. Vikings, with their long, slender boats, with rows of oars on their sides, a single sail, whose hull glided over wild waves instead of piercing them, in a nautical engineering trick to dodge the storms of the North.

The Phoenicians with their vessels of two or three rows of oars - biremes or triremes and up to thirty-five meters in length, copied by Greeks and Romans, who used them to dominate navigation in the Mediterranean.

The Chinese ships, which could carry two hundred tons of cargo, which allowed them a guarantee of seven thousand kilometers, enough to cross the Atlantic, without stopping.

The Portuguese caravels, with their triangular sails that allowed them to navigate, in the opposite direction to the winds, much more quickly and safely.

It is to admire the Phoenicians, a people of small population and of humble territorial occupation, around two hundred and fifty kilometers from the current Lebanese coast, with important cities like Tire, Sidon and Byblos.

Their Mediterranean colonies were mere trading stations that barely entered the continent. Having been so few, it is amazing how much they have accomplished.

Among its nautical merits there are the routes to Brittany and the Baltic Sea, where no other people have ever even dreamt of going so far.

And the circumnavigation of Africa, more than two thousand years before Vasco da Gama. All of this they did without the use of maps, relying only on the ability to build their ships and navigate.

Men of courage, of vision. Men who dreamed without limits, who wanted to discover the unknown, the unexplored.

Nowadays, we live space exploration, this set of man's efforts to study space and its stars, making use of artificial satellites, spacecraft, and space probes.

In some missions, human beings are launched into space and an international Space station is a reality, whose construction was completed in 2011.

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Discoveries, boldness, enthusiasm are the trademarks of the navigators of yesterday, of the astronauts of today.

There is, however, a place to which we should all migrate, in the true role of explorers: the intimacy of ourselves.

This journey would lead us to self-discovery: Who are we? What kind of beings are we: simple, unleashed, loving?

Or complex, problem-creating people who generate restlessness wherever we stand?

Are we flowers that adorn the garden of life or thorns that make the landscape ugly and harm those who approach?

Yes, it takes courage to navigate through the turbulent waters that lead to the sea of the intimacy of ourselves.

One must be fearless to face the monsters who are asylum, asleep, wishing to wake up, hungry and abused: jealousy, envy, hatred, ambition.

The territorial waters that lead to the interior continent are usually tormenting.

And, what new Argonauts, not in search of the Golden Fleece, but of the inner reality, the great challenge is the discovery of itself, is the recognition of their own virtues and vices, in order to achieve the laurels of the victory over itself.

Let us begin the great journey still today to the land of the soul.

Spiritist Moment Team.

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