Monday, December 29, 2008

To 1430...

Έγραφα σε φίλο, συνάδελφο, σήμερα, απαντώντας καθυστερημένα στις ευχές του. Τού'στελνα και τις δικές μου, έτσι καθώς η περισταση το ευνοεί: Σήμερα εισήλθαμε στο 1430 από Εγίρας (με διαδηλώσεις για το μακέλεμα της Γάζας). Σωτήριο θά'ναι κι αυτό, δεν μπορεί. Αφού είναι τόσο μουλιασμένο στο αίμα. Πρωτοχρονιά στον ύστερο μεσαίωνα.
Κάπου να τρίζει άραγε τη γραφίδα του κάποιος Πίκο ντελλά Μιράντολα ο Νέος με λόγια σαν κι ετούτα;
I once read that Abdala the Muslim, when asked what was most worthy of awe and wonder in this theater of the world, answered, "There is nothing to see more wonderful than man!" Hermes Trismegistus concurs with this opinion: "A great miracle, Asclepius, is man!" However, when I began to consider the reasons for these opinions, all these reasons given for the magnificence of human nature failed to convince me: that man is the intermediary between creatures, close to the gods, master of all the lower creatures, with the sharpness of his senses, the acuity of his reason, and the brilliance of his intelligence the interpreter of nature, the nodal point between eternity and time, and, as the Persians say, the intimate bond or marriage song of the world, just a little lower than angels as David tells us. I concede these are magnificent reasons, but they do not seem to go to the heart of the matter, that is, those reasons which truly claim admiration. For, if these are all the reasons we can come up with, why should we not admire angels more than we do ourselves? After thinking a long time, I have figured out why man is the most fortunate of all creatures and as a result worthy of the highest admiration and earning his rank on the chain of being, a rank to be envied not merely by the beasts but by the stars themselves and by the spiritual natures beyond and above this world. This miracle goes past faith and wonder. And why not? It is for this reason that man is rightfully named a magnificent miracle and a wondrous creation." (Λόγος περί της αξιοπρέπειας του Ανθρώπου)
Κάποιος που να θέλει να ξανασκεφτεί, λίγο με τις πηγές, λίγο από μόνος, ένα εγκώμιο για τον άνθρωπο; Με τόσον ενθουσιασμό που να σκιάζει την αφέλεια;

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