studies on the dynamics of civilization

The City of God, Science, Man

by Rolf A. F. Witzsche

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Musical Genius

renaissance revolution

Music and poetry does have the potential to break open the box of small-minded thinking. Music can create an environment for this break-out that can become an environment for freedom.


The composing of Mozart's great opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio, coincided exactly with the decisive turn-around in the American Revolutionary War that quickly turned into a victory at the very time the opera was being composed.

Mozart's earlier opera, Idomeneo, may have paved the way for his own freedom from the bondage of oligarchic serfdom. This freedom wasn't granted willingly by his employer and owner. The fame of the opera, and the subject it covers, may have something to do with his personal victory. The opera continues the poetry of Homer about the Trojan War, and the intertwined story of Helen of Troy.

Verdi's opera Latraviata, which was composed much later, illustrates another type of trap of small-minded thinking, a type which the oligarchy frequently inflicts on itself. The exploration, in this case, is pursued in the shadow of the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa, and in the context of the 'poetry' of the biblical book of Job.

The fourth video intertwines a poem of my own with the sequence of my novels. The poetry fits perfectly, though this wasn't intended. Maybe poetry does have this effect against the background of the "City of God."


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