It's September 11th... Sad anniversary! Why bring out a 2012 book on this tragic event, in the light of other, more daily and more topical events? This choice because the author draws up a very general panorama of these events. ashes that herald a profound change in society. A reflection on the consequences of global disasters, whether they are linked to globalization dominating the law of markets, wars propelling thousands of migrants on the roads of exodus, or climate change. To be reread!
"Another 9/11 book?" So many books have come out on the subject, but how many on 9/11? In "The Imagination of September 11th."the author, Christine Marsan, presents a panorama of the ashes of a model of society that has collapsed and that heralds a radical change. Starting from the archetype of the devil, she reflects on the consequences of this particular catastrophe, which has caused much more ink to flow than the dramas (famines, genocides and wars) that affect far more people in the world. By focusing on the symbolism of these events as well as on the rich symbolism of the devil (Satan, Lucifer, demon), she demonstrates that it is first of all a conscious question of the meaning of separation (diabolon): chaos, duality, in order to achieve awareness (Lucifer) and finally to mobilize one's inner guide (daimon) to have the resource to conceive a new humanity....
- Never before has the Earth's population grown so rapidly, yet the advance of the deserts and the abandonment of the countryside is accelerating.
- Never have consumer goods and money been multiplied in such proportions and yet misery is on our doorstep and whole countries are condemned to begging.
- Never have there been so many means of communication and yet the feeling of loneliness is growing.
- Never before have we reproduced, copied, imitated so well and yet the original work and the real presence, in the theatre for example or in a concert, is fascinating.
- Never before has any era allowed atheism to express itself so forcefully, and yet religions are imposing themselves more and more violently.
- Never before has man accumulated so much discovery and knowledge, and yet general ignorance is growing.
In the face of these bleak prospects, let us cultivate the tragic feeling of the existence that Nietzche had learned so well from the Greek presocrats and that the philosopherClément Rosset summed up in one sentence: "Be friends with the passing present: the future and the past will be given to you in addition." This is what most spiritualities or philosophies, both Western and Eastern, are based on. For universalism begins here.
(1) Last book to be published on 19 September 2015: "La vie, la mort, la vie" - Erik Orsenna, published by Fayard.
(2) Wonderful cosmos! - Edition CNRS - October 2010
Christine MARSAN is a psycho-sociologist and consultant in change management. She facilitates individual and collective mutations and transformations, and develops collective intelligence within organizations. She is also a writer and essayist.
Another related essay: " En quoi le mal nous rend plus humain " ( Edition L'Harmattan " 2001)