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23-MARCH-2010 Marisa

Light is a symbol of search for knowledge, but too much sudden light makes you blind...

Light, which allows us to find our way among darkness, has always been perceived as a metaphor of progression toward the achievement of knowledge.


The Greek philosopher Diogenes used to stroll about in full daylight carrying a lamp; if someone asked him what he was doing, he answered ď Iím simply looking for a human beingĒ meaning he was searching the positivity in mankind.


The cultural, philosophical and scientific movement which characterized Western society in 18th century is not casually defined as ďAge of EnlightenmentĒ.


Knowledge is symbolically described as a lamp, the guiding light of scientific inquiry in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom.


Coming to less elevated concepts, a little light is what allows us to see around and to resize what might scare us, if still hidden in the shadows.


A reliable, but not too overwhelming light help us to decided what direction we have to take and to see what we have to face , itís useful and, as a consequence, comforting.


Nevertheless we have always to keep in mind that when something is good, not necessarily an overdose of it can be better.


I think it can be a valid principle also for the light.
We cannot stare directly at the sun and we cannot claim to get an immediate, total and full knowledge by a sudden powerful light which strikes us as a thunderbolt of pure revelation, because in all cases it would not depend on our efforts.


Iím thinking now, I donít know why (or maybe I know...) of Platoís Allegory of the Cave.
Itís always a matter of light and knowledge, but itís also another story, maybe next time...

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MarcViskens30-Nov-2012 21:36
very nice work Marisa
marc
Guest 27-Jul-2010 17:47
Masisa! You Fairy))
Alex Cheung24-Apr-2010 22:50
Excellent composition and wording!!! -V-
meekam tam22-Apr-2010 07:18
Very philosophical talk with a beautiful image, Marisa!
Bruna K.24-Mar-2010 13:36
Acciderba !!!Avrei avuto un'idea similare ma sono una schiappa e la mia foto
eventuale sarebbe stata una cosa penosa anzichè una foto eccezionale come quella
che hai scattato tu.
settler23-Mar-2010 22:03
Enchanting shot!!..V!
Steve Sharp23-Mar-2010 17:33
I often think that you can never have too many candles; apart from on your birthday cake :-)