In my point of view knowledge is the most important thing for a human being. Without it we couldn’t do all kinds of things and we would spend our lives as the people who inhabitant thousands of years ago in caves and without fire. Prometheus is the one that in the greek mythology brought the “fire” to humans as a god who took pity of the human kind. He was severely punished because “fire” symbolized the”knowledge” that was only meant to be understood between gods.
Studying, researching and reading are the first steps to understand new things and as I am myself a huge bookworm I know it through experience. Watching documentaries is another must but the sensation of old paper is really far more enchanting.
I really am entranced by the scent of antique books. I personally own a book that is not really old, is it close to a century, but I like the feeling of it. My dream is to have a room completely filled on the four walls with bookshelves from the floor to the ceiling and a nice writing desk in the middle of it, with a chaise longue and a soft turkish carpet to minimize the sound of footsteps.
I am italian and in the eye of the world my country holds the best amount of history background. We really had a lot of interesting periods: The Roman Empire, the Rinascimento… Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca… Popes, politicians and the most beautiful cities in the world: Venezia, Firenze, Roma, Milano… We really have a lot to make ourselves proud.
Even so nowadays in Europe we are seen as the most dumb nation of all. I don’t think so… Certainly we don’t hold the first place in school education and we have so many flaws… but we are still here. We hold our pride as a friendly nation that even in difficult times can smile and make others feeling appreciated.
We are in war, Europe is in war. This is known and it scares me so much. But seeing that in the middle east there are purposely destructions of important archeological sites, people murdered without any concern for age and gender only because they are of different religion and entire populations directed in Greece and here in Italy to save themselves from the war is terrifying. I don’t know how things will turn out in the future, but I can sense the difference in my country.
Knowledge should make us think before acting, even so we are against terribly ignorant people who knows only how to fight and make people cry. This is not knowledge it is war. Ignorance is the uglier thing in the whole world because without knowing things people act on impulses and following orders given from psychopaths. This is so wrong, so terribly wrong.
I really wish for my country and for the rest of the world to understand the importance of culture. We need to develop our minds towards the right paths for our future and for others too.