The great poet of ancient Greece understood this requirement implicitly. Homer had bestowed on his people a pearl of great price, a foundation on which love could develop and forge the strands of love that bind a people to their humanity and to one another. He had 'cried' for Greece that in his youth had been but a collection of isolated island tribes, 'raped' by invasions and torn by feuds with each other, a society shackled at its very core by primitive mythologies and a rather small vocabulary. In order to correct this tragedy he bestowed on this rag-tag collection of primitive tribesmen a higher-level platform for thinking, a high-level language, on which Greece became both a nation and at the same time the cradle for the development science, exemplified by the Pythagoreans, Socrates, Plato, and others. By this development, which revolutionized the self-perception of mankind from that of a glorified animal to the perception of universal man as a discoverer, creator, producer, and conscious scientific thinker, the Greek Classical culture became the cradle of the profound spiritual dimension that defined European culture -- dimension of universal love for mankind -- a kind of culture that became over time reflected in many nations and cultures as well. This culture thereby became the one factor that lifted mankind out of the stranglehold of oligarchy and empire for which it became the #1 target in the still raging war of empire against mankind. Thus, the freedom of mankind depends on this culture and rests with it.
Sine much of the quality in thinking that defines universal man as a discoverer, creator, producer, and conscious scientific thinker, has been lost in modern time, buried in the war of empire, a youth movement has been created (known by the name of its founder, as the LaRouche Youth Movement - LYM) that has dedicated itself to rediscovering and reliving the great scientific achievements of the ages, and thereby to learn the process of discovery and creativity, and the very meaning of what a human being is, what freedom is, and to gain a proper sense of the boundless potential of mankind. Below is a like the LYM website.
Science is a cultural gem that lives in the minds of mankind, which can also be easily lost when its value is lost sight of or the environment becomes destroyed in war in which it flourished. As an example stands the great development in science had occurred more than a thousand years before the Greek Classical Culture in the Indus valley in early India where great advances had been made, which became essentially lost in the ravishing Aryan invasion (app. 1,500 BC), with the end result being that the great advances that had been made contributed nothing to the general advance of civilization. Even many of the great Greek scientific achievements eventually became lost to European civilization, some for more than a millennium, that were simply eradicated in the shadow of the ravishing Roman Empire. Science became essentially dead in Europe while the dark ages unfolded.
In the course of the revival of science one poet stands out as a landmark who set into motion the rise of a new world and a new epoch. It appears that his focus on science was primarily on redeveloping those vital strands of love that bind a people to their humanity and to one-another.
The poet's name is Dante Alighieri. He had a wide vision of mankind laid out in his three-part epic poem, the Divine Comedy, a work that was revolutionary at the time, and might still be so. It is appropriate, therefore, that the pattern that he laid out for exploring the path of scientific development itself become reflected in the pattern of the layout of the "science basement" of this literary art gallery dedicated to the invisible shapes that shape us in the landscape of love.
The current landscape of love is rather bleak in this sense, just as it had been in Dante's time. Thus it maybe useful to take a brief look at were are today on the political and economic landscape, to be better able to appreciate what Dante had faced. This landscape of the shapes of love that shape us is wide. A large effort had been made by this author in 2006 to put onto the 'canvass' samples of its range of colors, from the brilliant and light to the darkest dark. The result became the series of exploratory articles:
Peace is not
an exploration presentation by Rolf A. F. Witzsche - June, 2006
Science is culture, and culture is freedom, and freedom is peace. Those three go together, and as already stated, at the very beginning of this chain that still shapes us stood the poet Homer of ancient Greece who laid the foundation for the development of science by developing a high-level language. Homer is well known to the very day as the author of the epic poetry, The Illiad, and the Odyssey. But he is rarely recognized for his much greater contribution to culture, his creating of a high-level language that enables a people to think in complex terms and contemplate universal principles. His poetry merely served as a vehicle for putting his expanded language into general use. Science became the outcome of this literary process.
The same pattern can also be recognized in the ancient civilization along the Indus valley that had flourished a millennium earlier, which is not only known for its scientific achievements and the technology of dam-building for irrigation, but is also recognized as a civilization that was among the first to have developed a written language. Here we see a pattern of a written language as an element of civilization that had enabled the building of cities and the setting up of a society without palaces and without military installations. It appears that love also had a prominent place in that early society, which might have been the key to its achievements. In order to be able to achieve what had been achieved in those early times the people must have had a platform developed for their effectively working together for the general welfare of their entire society.
We find a related kind of pattern reflected in the work of Dante. Dante rebelled against the destructive imposition of the rising Lombard financier empire and the underlying insanity in their system that was totally designed for looting society. The madness should have stopped right then when Dante challenged it and exposed the madness in the system. Instead, Dante was stopped. He was exiled from his beloved Florence by which the madness was allowed to continue.
In exile, Dante did the one thing that would eventually defeat the oligarchic madness and set the stage for a great renaissance, a renaissance that he never saw. It began to unfold decades after his time. This became the Golden Renaissance centred in Italy. But before Dante's contribution had matured, Europe had become decimated by the outcome of the oligarchic madness that he had warned about, that nobody had bothered to stop. The Lombards' financial madness had collapsed all the economies across Europe. The collapse in turn had weakened the populations so deeply that within two years of the collapse the Black Plaque found an 'open door' and swept the land with a wave of death that claimed a third of the population of Europe. In some places the weren't enough people alive to bury the dead. In this age of darkness Dante's work became a significant light.
Dante's work had been two-fold, like that of Homer. While in exile Dante had searched across Italy for the most beautiful sounding and expressive dialects that he could find and built out of them a complex language that would enable in the general population the kind of complex reasoning that is essential for a people to recognize the fallacy of oligarchic rule on the basis of recognizing their own strength as human beings and their ability to rise above the monetarist madness. The power of oligarchy does not rest in its military might, which it doesn't have. Its power rests with its clever cunning in controlling the thinking of society, in promoting smallness, primitiveness, hopelessness, impotence, and so forth. Naturally Dante used this high-level language to take society of that grave. For that he utilized it in his own poetry.
The the most powerful of Dante's poetic works was his trilogy, the Commedia, or Divine Comedy. In this historic poetry Dante divides scientific development into three zones, the ugly, the beautiful, and the in-between transitional zone.
He described the ugly zone with a parody on hell, a place without love and without humanity, a kind of political satire with a sting that is still valid.
The beautiful zone, at the opposite extreme, Dante defines as a zone of 'scientific' knowledge, referring to the 'music of the spheres.' He defines it as a zone of love and spiritual understanding, which he calls paradise.
The in-between zone he calls purgatory, a zone where all the crap is purged in order that the beautiful can be developed.
The great American religious leader, Mary Baker Eddy, defined these three basic zones in similar terms. She defined the ugly as "depravity;" and the beautiful as "reality" -- the reality of the Christ, the highest development of science. And the in-between zone she defined as the "moral" domain, a transitional domain that comes with the mandate attached that one get out out of it onto higher ground.
She then adds one more level to her scientific platform, which she defined as the "word of God" or divine Principle, the invisible sphere of Spirit, Mind, Truth, and Love, where the absolute and the Sublime in our humanity is located. On this high-level scientific platform the universe comes to light as a "metaphysical" and a spiritual universe. Modern advances in theoretical physics give us the same kind of view of the universe.
Everything that has been discovered in recent years on nuclear physics points to one simple fact that the entire universe contains not a single speck of what is deemed solid matter. Even the so-called particles out of which the atoms are constructed, such as the electrons, protons, and neutrons are no longer recognized as solid specks of matter, but as being made up themselves of fast moving points of energy that the physicists simple call, quarks. The physicists have recognized quite a few different types of quarks, which are all governed by different harmonizing principles and are acting upon one-another with different types of forces. In short, we live in a 'metaphysical' universe, a universe without matter, a universe that is made up of a vast array of harmonizing principles that are arranged in an incredibly intelligent fashion, without which the universe would not exist. We live in a world fashioned by Intelligence and its all-harmonizing Spirit.
This perception of course was way out of reach in Dante's time. Consequently, Date combined all the highest concepts that he could recognize at his time into the sphere of Paradiso where science and the absolute meet.
For the purposes of setting up an art-garden in which science has a place and is interlinked with the development of love, Dante's pioneering perception appears to be sufficient as a stepping stone for exploration. It is sufficient for its simplicity and practicality, Indeed, out of the background that Dante had helped to set up, many of the great early geniuses emerged that still stand tall today, such as the famous Nicolas of Cusa, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Johannes Kepler, Carl Friedrich Gauss. and so on. With that trend in mind, lets take a closer look at Dante's Commedia.
As I said, Dante's Commedia is divided into three levels, or developmental stages. However, in the science basement of the art-garden one needs to have six levels defined. This double exposure is needed to reflect the way the Commedia is set up. As a poetic work the Commedia is centered on two people, a pilgrim and his guide. Both of these people journey through the three levels of the Comedia together (though the guide retires at the final stages, by which the pilgrim becomes his own guide).
The three levels that the pilgrim sees are therefore simply entry-type perceptions. The guide, evidently sees the same three levels from a higher standpoint. The art-garden must acknowledge both people and what they beheld. It would be incomplete without both being represented. The arrangement therefore, in the science basement, is laid out in such a manner that we first see what the pilgrim sees, the entry perception, and this all the way through, and then we become challenged to explore the platform that the guide must have stood on -- a more expansive platform with a wider view.
Of course we don't have to go back to the middle ages for doing that. We can apply Dante's method to our exploration to what is happening today. And again we can do this with and underlying reference to the development of love (or the lack thereof).
All of this means that we have our own ugly zone today, our own hell, and our own leading edge, with a challenging sense of morality standing in-between that is not a comfortable place for resting, but is rather a volatile place that we should struggle to get away from to till higher ground, the ground of the harmonizing universal principles and the intelligent constructs of a developing science that Dante called, Paradiso that evidently includes also the science of Universal Love.
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