“We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.”
“The greatest happiness is one that improves our shortcomings and makes up for our mistakes.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Man recognizes things and qualities by distinguishing them – so he first notices differences. Therefore, it is of his own nature to want to perceive extremes: noise and silence, left and right, black and white, above and below, strengths and weaknesses. In his process of development, man perceives that there is also a middle-ground in life, a warm, a gray, a complement.
Holistic pedagogy – the cornerstone of the Swiss-Brazilian School of Curitiba – finds that the human being must develop and structure his intellectual, physical and emotional sides in a balanced way, in order to lead a meaningful and sustainable life. Integrity requires that students learn to cooperate and be part of society.
Balance is often equated with the word, healthy. Balanced people are psychologically and physically healthier than unbalanced people. They remain calm, rational, and wise in stressful situations.
Decision makers are expected to provide balance in the pursuit of sound efficiency and effectiveness. Modern leaders need to understand themselves as team players who are also able to delegate responsibilities. It is also crucial to the success of an organization that teams are balanced internally by combining different personality types and a variety of individual competencies.
Finally, balance also requires the leader to have the courage to seek leisure, that is, to regenerate himself by doing nothing.