The Documentary That Found Humanity by Interviewing 2,000 People
All true culture … is an effusion of light and warmth, Nietzsche wrote in his beautiful meditation on how to find yourself. But from the figurative radiates a reminder of the literal - human culture is and has always been inexorably connected to the ultimate source of light and warmth, the Sun. From the practicalities of our calendars to the psycho-emotional orientation of our moods, our lives revolve around our star. We are earthly bodies locked in a celestial dance of which we are never more aware than when the seasons turn.
Henry Beston (1888 - 1968) captures our indelible spiritual connection to seasonality in Northern Farm (public library) - his wondrous 1948 collection of short, lyrical essays and diary entries penned over the course of a year on a small farm in Maine, which gave us Beston on whimsicality and the limits of knowledge, nature and the power of community, and his increasingly timelymanifesto for reclaiming our humanity from the tyranny of technology.
On the eve of the Summer Solstice - that annual zenith of the Sun over the Tropics, which ancient mythologies celebrated as a holiday of fire - Beston writes:
In another reflection on the flow of seasons, Beston writes:
Alessandro Sanna from The River
Then revisit Beston on how the beauty of darkness nourishes the human spirit
See / read more:
The Almond Trees by Albert Camus
Satyagraha - An answer to modern nihilism
SABYASACHI BHATTACHARYA - Swaraj of the mind..
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake