"Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity"
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What is a disaster?
A disaster is the combination of a hazard and a vulnerable system. There are multiple types of threats and various vulnerabilities, resulting in a range of potential disasters with different characteristics. Not all disasters are the same and are not handled in the same way.
Likewise, everything can turn out to be a disaster, regardless of the scale, magnitude and circumstance. A glass of water on the edge of a table, (vulnerability) is not a disaster by itself. But when a distracted passerby approaches, (the threat) then there is a risk that a disaster will strike and with a hampered movement the passerby spills the glass of water. Similarly, a tropical storm in the Pacific is not a disaster by itself (our passerby). But when you approach the coast, where you find a vulnerable society, (the glass of water on the edge of the table) then there is the risk of disaster.
The "Philosophy" comes from the Greek words that mean "love of wisdom". Philosophy uses tools such as logic and reason, among others, to analyze the universe and the ways in which humans experience it. It is a mechanism that contrasts, guides, questions and gives reference to our place and our actions in the world. At the VIC we consider that education and philosophy are fundamental to strengthen the social fabric and thus be able to face the disasters of the future.