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16Jun

Write it on the walls and shout it out loud

Sotto le mura di Gerico, 2021

In the Bible, the stories about the massacres of peoples or the destruction of cities and prodigious events are innumerable.

In the Bible, never say never.
Everything is possible.

The story I want to tell you today is about walls that delimit, that separate, that defend, that relegate, that collapse.
This is the story of the city of Jericho and its destruction.

In my opinion, every single city represents a metaphor:
every man is a city with his own walls; every man is a microcosm connected to other infinite microcosms.

Men are not islands.

FEELING BESIEGED

At least once in our life, each of us has felt helpless, without a way out, cornered.

The fate of the inhabitants of Jericho is sealed: they will leave the city but like corpses.

But there’s another possibility: they can resurrect.

A SENSE OF RENEWAL

What feeling do you get when everything has definitively collapsed, destroyed?

The fall of a wall can also be the end of a boundary, the end of a limit.

You choose which one.

Often the defences’ collapse can represent a victory rather than a defeat.

It marks the beginning of a new history, a radical renewal and the birth of new possibilities.

WHY SHOULD YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING?

Human interiority is the essence of creativity itself in its most authentic expression.

The main feature of creativity is unpredictability.

It’s in the difficulties that our creative capacity is stimulated and measured.

Imagine that your world of certainties is as pulverised as Jericho’s walls.
Would you consider it the worst or the best day of your life?

Do you think you are like all the inhabitants of the city or do you want to play the game like the beautiful prostitute Raab
who was the only one to survive because she was a spy?

I’m sure you want to survive, right?

7 + 7 + 7 OR HOW SACRED MATHEMATIC WILL SURPRISE YOU

Perhaps not everyone knows the value that numbers hold in the Old Testament. The Jewish cabal scholars know it better than anyone else.

But even without being cabalists, the symbolic and magical use of numbers in these stories is evident.

I don’t want to bore you with complicated explanations, so I propose the easiest one:
7 days of siege + 7 priests + 7 trumpets = 777; that is the three times repetition of the seventh letter
of the Hebrew alphabet whose full name is ZAYIN AYIN NUN, which means food, but which also represents the battle
that we have to face to get it.

ZAYIN is an instrument of war.

In life, always be ready for battle.

SOUND IS EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS SOUND

The most spectacular part of this story of destruction is the method used to pulverise the walls.

It may sound bizarre, but it was enough to scream.

Do you know the number of cabarets in which the talented soprano, emitting an acute, shatters the crystal goblet?

Jericho was the same operation but on a large scale.

In the beginning, it was the creator sound, the Word, and similarly, a sound will be the destroyer.

I, therefore, suggest that you make good use of your voice, the most powerful weapon in the universe.

Until next
Daniela


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