La Divina Commedia

Exaltatio utriusque mundi

La sapienza amorosa di Dante Alighieri, tra sentimento della natura e catastrofe ecologica

 

Exaltatio utriusque Mundi is a FlashOpera in the form of a video.

The FlashOpera is an intermedia writing that goes over the ancient tragedy of the split-thought and practises new per- ceptions. It moves itself in the twirling present of memory, expanding its nexuses, exalting the imaginary visions. It follows therefore only the reasons of the form, discovering new worlds and inventing new paths. The non-linear being of our thinking flies from the single vision, delimited by one time and one space, because the imagination is intimately multiplicity and rips horizons and discloses new perceptions. Technology is the means to reach such a globality: Numbers and Memories, Agostino was the first one to under- stand the digital nature of the human being, so well described in his “Confessions”. Dante Alighieri is both a poet and a "scientist". He inher ted all of his scientific knowledge from the Greek, Arabic and Latin worlds, the same knowledge shared by Coper- nicus and Galileo, the founders of modern science. He was not a "scientist" in the modern sense of the word, but he was in his logical systematic thought process, in his extreme curiosity for the truth, his joyous ability to marvel at the Universe. He measured his own intelligence in relationship to that of the infinite wisdom of the Creator. His particular sensitivity towards nature, and to the science of nature, came from his studies and the years spent in the Franciscan order. That tradition, in particular the emblema- tic world vision of Saint Francis of Assisi, inspired his won- der originating from the observation of reality. In fact, those feelings make up the correct inner disposition nece sary for all desire and form of knowledge. The observation of nature leads to the first level of kno- wledge. Animate and inanimate objects make up "one body", organisms operating according to their own order that is regulated by a higher intelligence. All of this, articu- lated in such a way, is harmonious and beautiful as it re- flects divine beauty. Dante was aware that knowledge requires, at a deeper level, the responsible use of knowledge regarding nature and his fellow man. He used expressions typical of science: observation, listening, searching "with a loving use of knowledge." Expressions amazingly coherent with today’s ideas of sustainable development. His emotions and poetic inventions are the elements that promote ecological education and encourage compatible behavior with the conservation of the environment. Dante’s cultural legacy is extremely wide-ranging. He is the guardian of a scholarship and education that can be defined as encyclopedic. His concepts relating to the environment show their extraordinary relevance, contributing considerably to the development of an ecological culture, on which are founded today’s hopes of defeating the tragedy of global pollution and finally “a riveder le stelle”.

 

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