The Dawn of Midnight

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This section contains all of Luigino Bruni's editorials of the series entitled "The Dawn of Midnight" dedicated to the Book of Jeremiah and published in Avvenire from 23rd April 2017
 

The honest tenacity of the bellows

The Dawn of Midnight/5 – Staying strong not to manipulate reality and not to use God

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 21/05/2017

170514 Geremia 05 ridAnd all the people exulted and smacked their lips. Zarathustra, however, turned sad, and said to his heart: They understand me not: I am not the mouth for these ears. (...) And now they look at me and laugh: and while they laugh they hate me too.  There is ice in their laughter.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra (English translation by Thomas Common)

The biblical God does not speak in the first person singular on the earth, his words reach us only as words of men and women. The one who descends from Mount Sinai with the tablets of law is Moses, a man. YHWH speaks to him in the tent of the meeting, dialoguing only with him, "mouth to mouth", and telling him words that the people may know. If we want to hear the word of God in the world all we have to do is simply learn to listen to men and women like us. It is a word that is communicated by looking into a pair of eyes at the same height as ours. We do not find it either higher or lower: it's only there in front of us. Man is the place where God knows how to speak to mankind. Only men and women can resurrect the Bible and the Gospel every day, saying the words: "come outside". Without people calling them by name, here and now, even the biblical words remain dead in their graves.

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Like the mothers of the word

The Dawn of Midnight/4 – The truth makes you suffer but it also generates real freedom

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 14/05/2017

170514 Geremia 04 bis rid"I hope with all my heart that you will absolve me, I do not enjoy the idea of ​​going to prison like a hero, but I cannot help but explicitly declare that I will teach my boys what I have taught them until now... If we cannot save humanity, we will at least save the soul."

Don Lorenzo Milani, Letter to the military chaplains, letter to the judges

The illusory ideologies that develop and grow during the great and long crises are, perhaps, the most dangerous and devastating ones because their specificity is in negating the crisis. The present is lived as a time of waiting for some miraculous event, a new secret revelation that will save everyone, and the community is doped with a spiritual opium that deepens and exacerbates the crisis. It is a manipulation that lasts until the evidence reaches the point beyond which negation becomes impossible. But the "point of no return" sometimes becomes almost unreachable, because the strongest and most powerful ideologies can push the elaboration of the ideology of the crisis far ahead, and even the catastrophes and total collapses tend to be interpreted ideologically. There are entire communities destroyed by ideology, with some surviving members who continue to deny what's evident and search for the confirmation of their previous ideological predictions among the rubble.

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The hand holding the rope

The Dawn of Midnight/3 - Having people more faithful than us by our side is a great gift

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 07/05/2017

170507 Geremia 03 rid"...he went forth into the mountain, where Moses climbed up, and saw the heritage of God. And when Jeremiah came thither, he found an hollow cave, wherein he laid the tabernacle, and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door. And some of those that followed him came to mark the way, but they could not find it."

Second Book of the Maccabees

Faithfulness is one of those words that are capable of saying all that there is to say about life. An existence is made up of many words and a lot of things, but if we were to choose only one, faithfulness would be a very strong candidate. Faithfulness is almost everything; faithfulness, perhaps, is everything. Faithfulness to the foundation pacts of our existence, to marriage, our profession, to friendships, to the voice that called us one day by making us start on the greatest journey. It is faithfulness that warms our heart during the winters, that consoles the soul when everything else passes and makes us pronounce our name without shame. It is the most beautiful legacy we leave to our children.

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The Prophets of the Second Nothing

The Dawn of Midnight/2 - Beyond the sea of slavery, where the idols die

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on  30/04/2017

170430 geremia02"When he brought the ready drink to Jeremiah's bedside, he was breathing quietly in his sleep. "Since I cannot hide it from the world, how can I hide it from you?" ..."Hide what?" (...). "The Lord was with me... And his voice spoke to me. And his voice is sending me away from here." Abi's eyes filled with tears. She did not cry because the Lord had come to him. Shouldn't she be proud of all the women of Jacob? And yet Abi's heart broke with sorrow for the election of her son."

Franz Werfel, Hearken Unto the Voice

There is a conflict, a radical tension, between the prophets and power. For many reasons, but above all because the prophet, by his task and vocation, can see the natural tendency of every power - above all the one dressed in a sacred mantle - getting distorted and turning into tyranny.

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Time for Singing without Fear

The Dawn of Midnight/1 - Destiny and freedom in the encounter with the absolute

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on  23/04/2017

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Hear, you that love, 
You that yearn, 
You bereaved:
In your eyes’ desire our life begins, 
In your hands our breakthrough, to the blue air – 
We’re there in the smell of the dawn.
Already you’re breathing us in, 
We enter your sleep, 
Strike root in the dream-soil. 
Funereal night 
Then nurtures our growth, till 
Our eyes open to yours. 
And we cry
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Nelly Sachs In the Dwellings of Death (Chorus of the Unborn - English translation by Andrew Shanks)

Prophecy is one of the capital goods at all times and everywhere - for every society, for all communities, for every person. Therefore, when the big crises strike, prophecy becomes a primary necessity, precious and essential, just like water or respect.

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