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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Italian Nietzsche (11)

All people, if they must be able to find themselves in the dark forest(*) of the world, i.e., to live, need to stick to what lasts, to similarity, to harmony, to the solid and stable sides of things. All people, to be able to keep on living, need ideals, promises, illusions, deceits; and to be able to stand the world 'on this side,' they must believe in a world beyond, a world in which everything is ordre et volupté like in Baudelaire's song. To get such worlds, they ask the mythologists, the priests, and even - less frequently - the metaphysicians.

__Giovanni Papini, L'altra metà (1911), 2: The Other Half


(*) Almost literally from Dante, Inferno 1: 2. It is worth noticing that here the "dark forest" is not a symbol of "sin" (which?!) as the 'official' interpretation 'explains,' but a symbol of everyday life, exactly like in the first-ever Commentary to Inferno written in 1322 by Jacopo Alighieri, one of Dante's sons.