The Editorial

When Daedalus tried to return home with his son Icarus, Minos locked him up in the maze. Not at all discouraged, Daedalus thought: “Close the earth and the sea too, but the sky remains open; so we will go away from there ». Thus, using feathers and wax, he made the wings with which they took flight. We know how it turned out, with Icarus regardless of paternal councils. Greek mythology aside, flight has always represented a desire of the human being, the archetype of a dimension that pushes man to risk, to overcome his own limits, to get involved. This can also be done through the scientific approach, as Leonardo da Vinci teaches;  in this month of this year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death. This absolute genius has given humanity art, inventions, discoveries, studies, and even intuitions about flight that purified every mysterious aura, bringing it back to purely mechanical factors as confirmed many centuries later. Sometimes it is necessary to go against the tide to find the right path, or to withdraw from the mass in order to think, see and achieve great things. How eagles do. Perhaps this is why Charles Lindbergh was nicknamed “solitary eagle”: the Atlantic flight of this very young aviator has gone down in history as the first solo human “flight”. A real undertaking worthy of the most suggestive epic narratives. From another perspective, then, all this can identify and represent the desire to rise, the thirst for infinity.  With this in mind, Saint Francis of Paola, the canonized saint 500 years ago, helped us to remember how “everyone is called to heaven”. To paraphrase Victor Hugo we can then say that the thread of infinity is linked to the most intimate and true thoughts of every man.

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