The Editorial

di Fabio LagoniaGilbert Keith Chesterton said that “the goal of a new year should not be to have a new year, but to have a new soul”. It is a good intention to venture into this 2019; but, to be honest, it is a good idea to start any journey as we have to decide to do the road. The definition of kairós and krónos comes to mind with which the ancient Greeks distinguished respectively the right, opportune or even supreme moment, from chronological, sequential time. Kairós, therefore, is a precise time when something happens, in which the autonomy of our actions is manifested, differently from  krónos that flips through our lives the pages of the calendar, month after month. Time, with its heterogeneous meanings, is the guiding thread of this first issue of Mediterraneo e Dintorni of the year just begun. We talk about Naples, a city of a thousand faces, whose underbelly dug into the tufo hide beauty and mystery mixed with legends and myths preserved since the time of Parthenope. Valeria Di Chiara and Catia Sardella, with their watercolors, show us instead the Gulf of Palermo seen from the sea as it had to appear in the eyes of the Phoenicians who arrived here 2700 years ago to found the city. Similar suggestions can be found in the stories that involve the famous Edinburgh in Scotland as well as the unknown but fascinating Abbey of Corazzo in Calabria. Time that flows and the right time to do. The first is quantity, the second is quality. There are stories in which the two concepts seem to merge: it happens in Sant’Antioco, in Sardinia, where the ancient and rare Jewish tradition of weaving the byssus resists thanks to its last vestale, Chiara Vigo. Or with the appeal “to all free and strong men “made one hundred years ago by Luigi Sturzo, that today resonates more current than ever. There are also events in which time of humanity and reason has remained suspended: January is the month in which the Holocaust is remembered. Fortunately and in spite of everything, love remains the motor of the world and it is that dimension in which kairós and krónos flow into another concept of time: the whole life, indeed eternity, which can be understood in a transcendent sense or – as in short film by Giuseppe Alessio Nuzzo – continuing to call with “the name you always gave me” an affection that not even the inexorable flow of time can subtract from the eternity of love.

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