A popular Italian magazine (L'Espresso) has recently published an article in which Eugenio Scalfari presents his book "The Labyrinth."
I found in this article some statements by Mr Scalfari highly disappointing.
Considering that it is useless for me to write to the magazine in the hope to obtain an explanation, the only viable option for me is to express my disappointment on this blog.
Without discussing on Scalfari reflections on the concept of "myth" (very superficial and commonplace words), I prefer to directly quote the words at issue:
"Many religions have died over the centuries and millennia. Who today would open a temple to Zeus or Apollo, or Aphrodite, Persephone and all the other gods of the Olympic religions? Religious temples where they worship the gods?
Those who did so would be suspected of madness or would be a showman with in mind a tour to entertain the audience for a few nights and earn money and fame. "
OK. One can put aside the fact that religion, as we know it, is a concept that was unknown to the ancients.
One can put aside as well the fact that what concerns the Gods and Goddesses is not a "religion", but something much more complex and higher that a profane can not understand.
One can put aside the fact that an ancient temple is not a church, a mosque or a synagogue. It 'something totally different. And I concede that it is a notion a profane can not understand.
Also one can put apart the fact that there may be someone who has decided, within a precise and complex spiritual and inner existential experience, to undertake the "Via" approaching the Traditional Knowledge.
One can put aside all this. But the idea to call these men and women fool or scoundrel, it seems to much too much. It is very offensive.
I therefore do want to clarify who is casually reading this blog, that I'm not a fool (or It seems to be not to be such) and above all I'm not a showman! I do not intend to entertain the audience and gain neither money nor fame.
I would say quite the contrary. And who has undertaken the Way of Tradition knows how hard and heavy is the journey along this path.
I hope I have sufficiently clarified the concept.
The full text can be read on this link