Our time, increasingly subject to speed and haste, appears to
be inhospitable towards the practice of patience. We are always in a hurry,
behind schedule, and live in a reality which requires us to be in two places
at once. Patience, on the other hand, is primarily a matter of duration and
demands an extension and expansion of our present. The forbears of our species
made an effort to master the art of survival and then of life, to learn how
to use things, to establish relationships, to have new experiences. And so life
flourishes thanks to the infinite patience required to try and try again, to
wait, to pause, to think things through. The author re-discovers patience as
the ability to listen, to take a break, to establish a bond with objects and
other living beings.
This book is part of a new series entitled "Forgotten Words":
silence, patience, frugality, perseverance, decency, prudence, courage... and,
finally, old age. This new series comprises brief essays by authors having different
intellectual backgrounds, who discuss these forgotten words, explore their contemporary
relevance, and identify their existential features.
Gabriella Caramore studied philosophy at the
University of Padova, has worked for Italian public radio since 1982, is an
author, and has hosted many radio programmes dealing with literature, philosophy,
Introduzione. L'età dell'impazienza
I. Homo sapiens, Homo patiens
II. Il lessico della speranza
III. Christus patiens
IV. Il nome di cura
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