Last Friday, after a half a year`s pause, MEP Leonidas Donskis returned to the Panevėžys region. This time two meetings were held in Panevėžys, and he visited Kupiškėnai in the evening.
During the meeting, which was held in Panevėžys Municipality, with the teachers of the region L. Donskis talked not only about his work in the European Parliament, but also invited participants to discuss relations between a teacher and a student in today`s environment, when knowledge can be easily obtained through modern technologies. However, according to L. Donskis, the internet cannot replace a real teacher-student relationship.
"Teaching is a special profession when one becomes a part of another person‘s life. A teacher provides a student not only with particular knowledge but also forms his or her creativity, ideas, creates dialogue. Meanwhile, knowledge that you achieve with the help of modern technologies, does not have this social inclusion,“ said L. Donskis.
In his concluding remarks the MEP wished to the participants the ability to remain not only teachers but students as well, being curious, not fearing to lack some knowledge or to ask, and trying to constantly update themselves.
Leonidas Donskis presented his two new books in a well-renovated Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė public library in Panevėžys: an essay collection „Little Europe: a Map of an Aesthete“ and a collection of articles edited by him „Lithuanian Liberalism II“. The author admitted to people from Panevėžys that becoming a politician did not kill his desire to read, write, or create, and he is experiencing a period of an active creativity at the moment. „ Little Europe: a Map of an Aesthete“ is a book which goes through the small towns of the Old Continent, where great artists were born, as if the story of the whole of Europe is told. L. Donskis also talked about his desire to someday write a similar book about Lithuanian small towns.
L. Donskis introduced his other book „Lithuanian Liberalism II“, which was also presented in the Vilnius Book Fair this year, to those who gathered in both Panevėžys and Kupiškis. This book is a sequel to the book „Lithuanian Liberalism,“ which was composed by L. Donskis‘ teacher, well-known sociologist Vytautas Kavolis. It consists of famous Lithuanian authors discussions about the peculiarities and challenges of contemporary Lithuanian liberalism.
How much can liberalism be blamed for the global financial crisis, how rights and duties can be harmonised in liberalism, how much are Lithuanian liberals, who are in a government, coherent in the sense of ideas, and how can liberals succeed to govern their countries worldwide? These were some of the questions which L. Donskis had to answer during the discussion after the presentation of his book. It is symbolic that the last question asked in Kupiškis was related neither to liberalism nor to L. Donskis` books - it was about the football championship which is taking place at the moment.