The “hidden factor”

Workshop leaders:

Ivan Avramov (ISHA Sofia, BA, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”)
Valentin Vitanov (ISHA Sofia, MA, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”)

“Look for the woman” (Cherchez la femme) is a popular French cliché, implying that no matter what the problem, a woman is often the root cause. While we mean in no way to undermine the ability of Eva’s daughters to guide the historical events’ course and actually reside in their roots, it’s often the case that one doesn’t need to dig so deep in order to figure out what’s going on. From ancient epic poems to modern hip-hop lyrics it’s always two topics that move the world – women and money.
In this workshop we lift the curtain over those cases, where behind noble intentions declared, much more prosaic reasons turn out to be the driving force. Could we eventually prove that one needs to say ‘Cherchez l’argent’ as least as often as “Cherchez la femme”?

It’s often not simply about money, but about greed as well. As John Stuart Mill says:“Men do not desire merely to be rich, but to be richer than other men”. Another thing we have consider is what Voltaire says about money: “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.”Many times behind the good intentions of rulers, these factors remain, and we sometimes misunderstand many of the things that happen in history. Or as the Italian proverb says: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”