Colegiul National "Moise Nicoara" Arad


Ruxandra Ioana Neamu

11th grade

When the first issue of  “T Journal” was launched, transdisciplinarity had already taught me, amongst other things, to ask myself some questions. Meanwhile, I’ve learned another thing due to my new outlook on the world: I’ve stopped thinking in terms of Either-Or, and started to think in terms of And-And. Life isn’t ugly or beautiful, the sky is not far or close, man is not good or bad. Life is both ugly and beautiful, the sky is equally far and close, man is good and bad.

I’ve recently come across a quote that got me thinking in spite of its initial lack of meaning: “ If you go right, you shall atone, if you go left, you shall atone.” The quote was taught in one of our Traditional Romanian Culture and Civilization classes by our form teacher Mirela Mureşan, the circumstance being the lecture of „Immortality and eternal youth” , a Romanian transdisciplinary tale.

It wasn’t long before the class turned into a beautiful and interesting trandisciplinary one. Only the first part of the quote was initially written on the blackboard, and our task was to complete it. Of course, we all though of „if you go left, you shall not atone”. We answered this way because we weren’t ready to think in transdisciplinary terms.  Only then did we realize how the Romanian saying should be understood, by refering to the levels of reality that I had read about in Mr. Basarab Nicolaescu’s book. This ended with my thinking from his point of view, the And-And one I mentioned earlier. We can go right And we can go left, but as long as this decision is made on an horizontal plan, we’re still on the same level of reality, so we still have to atone due to boundaries. We would have to evolve spiritually to reach a higher level of reality, one which includes „right and left” as something higher, for that „atonement” to go away. The well known concept of fatality, arrogated to the Romanian spirituality, has come clean to me.

I am aware that I have yet to discover the secrets of transdisciplinarity, but I am sure that I will find myself in the process. We should all pay more attention to this method of knowledge, for it is the key to a world  better than the one we live in nowadays. All we have to do is open up to transdisciplinarity and realize that it is the path we have to go down on in order to understand what once seemed incomprehensible.