Venice, the myth of the Phoenix and the fantastic power of resilience
26 April 21
There are stories and legends that have marked the course of history and of all humanity.
What we are currently experiencing is certainly one of the most dramatic events in the modern history of civilisation, on a par with the world wars of the last century. And then there are also 'coincidences' which cannot be defined as such.
We are all familiar with the myth of the Phoenix, the mythical firebird capable of rising from its own ashes and perpetuating itself over time.
The La Fenice theatre in Venice, named after the Phoenix, was totally destroyed by a fire on the night of 29 January 1996, but was returned to its former glory in May 2004, and Venice is undoubtedly one of the cities symbolising this pandemic and its consequences.
We can take this episode as a warning, precisely to represent what is now happening to almost the entire world, a pandemic that is 'burning' not only an impressive number of human lives, but also immense economic resources, and above all the hopes of many people and generations. But, as Carl Gustav Jung argued, Human Beings and the mythological Firebird have much in common - the same ability to rise from their own ashes, to resurrect, to draw on a 'divine' resilience that, throughout the history of humankind, has always allowed them to get up, react and return to shine as brightly as before.
This is a message of hope for all of us, and at the same time a wish for one of the symbolic cities of this global emergency, Venice, so hard hit by this pandemic, that will once again shine as befits cities that bear witness to human stubbornness and sensitivity to beauty, art and culture, which are the true heritage of humanity.