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Part 3 - What would be Brunelleschi say to our time?
One of the founders of the Renaissance
Brunelleschi might look at what we would tell him about our nuclear weapons challenge and the great Ice Age Challenge of today, and so forth, and mull them over, and answer us, 'look people, you've got this all backwards.'
Nuclear war isn't the issue.
Economic thievery and collapse are not the issue.
Party politics are not the issue.
Even the Ice Age Challenge is not the issue.
These are all symptoms.
"The issue is love. The issue is mind. The issue is soul.
If love is missing in human landscape, civilization is dead. That's why you have so many bombs. You have 12,000 nukes deployed against you, because you have no love for our humanity.
The measure of bombs is the inverse of the measure of love. When love is zero, the bombs are infinite. When love is infinite, the bombs are zero.
The world is close to having infinite bombs, because it has near-zero love for its humanity. "There is your answer.
"You need to focus on building a renaissance. This means building up your love for our common humanity. As love grows, the number of bombs diminish.
"In practical terms, this means waking up. The word, renaissance, signifies becoming reborn. It means that you flow with the movements of our humanity, and value and cherish them - the movements of love, and mind, and soul. In these movements you experience what a human being is. You need to come alive in this context. That's your critical need. When a society's love for its universal humanity is zero, it lives in an empty world that tends to become filled over time with bombs and hate and thievery. That's why our renaissance didn't last. I had warned our masters about that.
"My building the great dome in Florence was a labor of love. The stipends that the masters of the church paid me was a pittance in comparison with the efforts that went into the project. The construction was a labor of love. The discovery of the principles for it resulted in the flow of the mind. I didn't make the principles. They came to me. I picked them up and applied them. And it was the soul of our humanity that insisted that the resulting dome become a beautiful work of art.
The masters called the dome, my dome. They attached my name to it and paid me a pittance. That's where the great Renaissance began to fail. They attributed near zero value to the product of love, where honour is due. They attributed no value of our humanity. That's why they were so cheap with me. But worst of all, they didn't honour the value of their own humanity thereby. That's how the Renaissance was lost. It was lost in the same way that modern civilization is in the process of being lost. And it resulted all from them missing the real issue.
"The real issues are Love, Mind, and Soul. These are the only issues. They need to become your issues. Built with them. And know, that what you built with them becomes infallible.The symptoms that are the non-issues will adjust themselves accordingly. Universal love uplifts all. The flow of mind deconflicts all. And the light of the soul makes everything beautiful. That's the golden song, the renaissance song. It inspires people to become human again. This song is needed when people loose sight of who and what they are, by the effects of the dullness of indifference.
Of course it is not easy for society sing this renaissance song again, when society has become inwardly dead. Humanity had lost this song in the early 1500s. Venice had a lot to do with that. Once it was lost, it took humanity nearly 150 years to get it back.
"Humanity got its song back in 1648 with the Peace of Westphalia. That's when the renaissance spirit was coming back to the foreground. The issues in 1648 were not war. A hundred years of war had made this clear. Nor were the issues about money. This issue was ushered off the stage. The issue was peace, and the song for it was the renaissance song of love, mind, and soul. The mind of humanity and its love and soul define our civilization.
In historic terms the 1648 Peace of Westphalia was essentially a replay of what we had accomplished 300 years earlier in Florence under the big dome, back in in the year 1349. That's the year in which the Council of Florence convened. Except they were more successful in 1648 than we had been.
Our big dome had been built against the background of deep divisions in the church, between the Eastern orthodox system and the Western papal system. The church had been torn apart by fundamental conflicts over the recognition of what a human being is, in relationship with God.
Conflicting errors: Western (Papal) vs Eastern (Orthodox)
both are vertical models that are thereby both erroneous.
However it is self-evident that both factions were wrong. It is not possible to reconcile concepts that are all essentially false. In our case, both the Eastern and Western factions championed each a vertical model of relationship. Neither of these models can be true, because the true relationship is evidently lateral, as I had tried to tell them.
"The world had come to Florence to reconcile two errors. Deconfliction is not possible on this platform. That's why not much came out of the Council in Florence except a faint recognition that the truth lies elsewhere.
"I was aware at the time of building the dome that a number of councils had been convened in prior years which hadn't accomplished anything either," Brunelleschi might say in looking back.
"It should have been obvious to everyone that the relationship between God and man is inherently a lateral relationship, such as God being All, and man having all that God is. When one touches the fringes of infinity, everything becomes equal. Man becomes God-like in creative power.
"That's why I chose to build the dome with bricks," Brunelleschi might add. "Bricks are made of the mud of the Earth. The mud is transformed in fire where a new quality is created that the mud never had. That's a creative process.
"That's how civilization is created via a self-ennobling process in humanity that results in something profound being created in the passion of society's love for universal good that reflects God.
"I have built the dome on this platform, the platform of mud becoming turned into stone by love, and the stone being turned into a structure of greatness and beauty.
"Our dome rivals the pyramids in Egypt in size and supersedes then in utility.
I wasn't able to inspire the church masters in Florence to reach that high in their thinking about our humanity."
The human need is not for a mass movement
mass movements spawn mass conflicts
deconfliction is not possible on a mass-basis
Human development is the universal movement of the truth
"The little progress that we had made in 1439 was lost soon thereafter with the fall of Constantinople, the seat of the Eastern faction, by the 1453 Ottoman invasion.
"The old East/West ecumenical conflict has not yet been resolved. My challenge still stands alone, to turn mud into the grandest miracle of beauty and utility in the fire of love. This challenge applies to both, humanity itself in what it creates itself to be, and to humanity's achievement as a creator of good.
"Nevertheless some progress had been made in 1349 in Florence, when the great council convened. This progress was made on the sideline. The most important legacy came out a series of lectures on Greek classical literature by the delegates educating one-another, primarily those from Constantinople. They brought the rediscovered works of Plato back into the light, and so on. The process of reasoning behind the scene set up a stage of progress into the direction of the Renaissance humanism that actually did change the world.
"That's what the masters of the Peace of Westphalia had rediscovered and had moved forward with - which society itself had move forward with. They rediscovered my brick work, of mud turned into stone in the fire of love, for the building grand achievements.
"Beautiful things came out of the rebirth of civilization on this basis in 1648. Beautiful music resulted and art, and great recoveries in science, and also that new hope for humanity that unfolded with the freedom movements on the American shore.
"While much of the Westphalia achievement has been lost again, the renaissance song itself that it sang louder than ever before, had never been totally lost. It had echoed on through the darkness of wars, and world wars, and nuclear threats, and state financed terror against humanity of all sorts. Grand and beautiful things are still being built with fire of love for our wondrous universal humanity.
"The dome building hadn't stopped with what we had achieved back in the golden days in Florence. Greater domes have since been built, like the great dome for the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, with a design by Paul Andreu a French architect. The project was completed in 2007 after six years of construction. Four years later In 2011, Paul Andreu became dean emeritus and the chair professor of the Architecture Department at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, where he teaches three months per year. This means that the song of renaissance humanism is glowing lauder, that we had started back in Florence.
"The modern dome in China is constructed of titanium and glass. It is built into the middle of an artificial lake. The structure spans 700 feet and covers an entire cultural center, an opera hall, a music hall, and a theater hall, all contained within with a combined seating capacity for 5,400 people. The building of this marvel was evidently no less exciting than our great project had been back in Florence.
"The great dome in China is built with materials and principles that were not know to us in our time. I see a lot of love for our humanity expressed in that dome, and wonderful expressions of mind, and of the beauty of the soul."
Opera hall at the
National Center for
the Performing Arts
in Beijing, China, -
designed by Paul Andreu
Just imagine yourself being there. You look up to the ceiling; you look past the skin of the dome, past the atmosphere of the Earth, and you begin to wonder how many zintrillions of miles you would have to travel across the vast, black emptiness of space, before you would encounter something comparable to what we have right here; something as grand, beautiful, intricate, and rich?
"That's how you begin to learn the renaissance song again, and discover that the song is still being sung in the world.
"The Chinese people have created a marvel with their theater complex. It's an elegant piece of art. It's iconic but doesn't dominate the landscape. It blends with the historic, and it points to the future. That's what the start of a Renaissance looks like.
"It is so elegantly unobtrusive that the entrance is located below the surface of the lake that surrounds it. That's renaissance stuff.
"And best of all, the Chinese culture has created a type of economy that can produce the materials for this marvellous structure, which spans three times the space that our grand dome in Florence spans.
"Even the financing reflects the renaissance principle.
"The Chinese people have built this entire theater complex for roughly the same amount of money that the USA has wasted on just a single war plane of the F35 type that is designed to deliver nuclear bombs to destroy entire cities.
The opera's China premier
- NCPA's second Grand Opera production
Grand Opera at China's
National Center of the Performing Arts
underwater entrance hallway
Sample Images from Bravo Cura http://bravocura.com/Operas/Samson/Samson%202015%20Beijing/samson_beijing_2015.htm
"Instead of devoting its resources to war, the People's Republic of China devotes major national resources to the cultural up-lifting of its people with presentations of some of the grandest cultural achievements of humanity, and with the challenge for moving ahead.
"That's a renaissance example of the finest sort, even though the music was in some cases written long after the timeframe of the renaissance itself. A renaissance isn't an epoch of time, but is the glow of a profound experience of the beauty of the soul unfolding into something precious and sublime.
"Just look at the glass facade of the great dome. Its shape is like a curtain being drawn aside. That's what signifies a renaissance.
"Doesn't this tell you something about where the future lies? It lies not in building bombs but in creating beautiful things, in developing the spirit of our humanity to ever-greater heights of expression, and cooperation, and mutual support, rather than mutually assured destruction.
"A renaissance is the native air of the human spirit spreading its wings. That's what we had recognized in a big way during our golden renaissance days back in Florence, and had recognized to be divine.
"As I said, renaissance, means rebirth. It was the renaissance spirit that had built the great cathedral in Florence, from which this Spirit radiated into many lands. What we had experience was indeed like being reborn. We came out of the post-Roman era, the dark age, and the big financial collapse of Lombard banking empire, followed by the black death. We had rediscovered ourselves from all of that and were beginning to live again. We rediscovered what a human being is.
"Now it is your turn to rediscover yourself, and discover the art of beginning to live again," Brunelleschi would add, "because that's the key for your mastering the Ice Age Challenge. The renaissance is the process that enables civilization to become infallible, and you definitely don't want to fail the Ice Age Challenge.
"Then, if you succeed and devote your effort to building beautiful things, you will truly live. The you'll never go back to building bombs again - those bombs for profit will then be retired. Nor will the Ice Age Challenge be a concern then, when you fall in love with our humanity to such an extend that that the greatest effort to protect and advance its future becomes a gift to all of the labor of love.
"Look at the big arts center in Beijing and see it as a stepping stone. See it as a model. See it as a model for progress. See it as a first step for building a complete new city, and then see this achievement as a first step for building 6,000 more new cities, and to build them afloat across the equatorial seas, together with their agricultures and industries. And then see all of this being done in the three decades of time, the time that is remaining till the Ice Age phase shift occurs whereby Canada, Russia, and Europe become lost to the snow, ice, and cold, and likewise parts of China, India, and the USA, and so on.
"When you can see all of this happening in your mind, then you are beginning to see what a real renaissance looks like.
"That's how you get rid of the nuclear bombs absolutely. You leave them behind in the dust on the path of your life-building endeavours. And then, when you see all this unfolding in your mind, and see this as but another first step, you will discover that a renaissance really has no end.
"Monetarism will fall by the wayside on the same path. You don't have to fight it as a fascist beast. You simply built a better house than the old and move into it with what is truly valuable, and leave the rubbish behind to rot. The old then becomes forgotten history. But you must built the new house first. That's how a renaissance operates. The renaissance process has this effect. In fact you cannot have an infallible civilization without it, or any kind of civilization, really. Without it you have Deep State structures filling the void, such as you have presently, and have everywhere.
"The world presently believes that it needs nuclear bombs to keep itself safe against mutual aggression. That's deadly crap, because civilization cannot be founded in conflicting pursuits. No principle exists that supports this crap. But this is what the world believes. In order to help humanity to get itself out of the quagmire of crap, you have to build a better house. People will line up to move into the new house, because when you built a better house, the old non-renaissance house looks empty and ugly in comparison. People will flee from the old with joy.
Money falls into the same category. It is an ugly house. It allows robbers to steal society blind. The new house will have this conflict eliminated.
"In the new house the banner reads, 'we bring to each other our love with which to enrich one-another's existence.' Why would we want to put a money price on this? That's how the new renaissance will operate and enable society to exist wonderfully happy in an Ice Planet world, and prosper in it.
"So, my friends, see every next step that you take as but another first step for moving forward.
"When you see China's grand theater complex that is surrounded by water on all sides, and you see this elegant structures as an example for building an entire renaissance world afloat on the equatorial sea, then you will begin to glimpse what a human being is who is a marvel in itself in every respect - a marvel of life that has no limits in moving ahead. Humanity and its renaissance is one.
"The China dome for the performing arts is the result of the nation investing its resources into developing itself into a renaissance society. The cost in money for the construction will never be recovered in money. The cost for the tickets would have to be so expensive that the project would defeat itself thereby. The profit that is drawn instead from the project is reaped in the form of intangible returns. The project is an investment to develop the national treasure, which is society itself. That's how a renaissance operates.
"That's what we started in Florence," Brunelleschi would say. We nearly succeeded. We failed only when society foolishly insisted that everything must be drawn down to the lowest possible denominator, instead of up to the highest. Society hailed money as if it was gold. In a renaissance world the intangible value is the gold. That's what one promotes in a renaissance environment.
"That how a human society turns the dust of the Earth into the greatest asset of value, and will do so for evermore. It does this with the creative and productive power of its universal humanity that all people share.
Brunelleschi might add, saying to us, "when you succeed in discovering the needed principles for mastering your greatest challenges, don't be surprised at the 'miracles' that the resulting kind renaissance in thinking will enable you to achieve."
With this said, we have come to the beginning. The curtain is rising.