|Stones - Torrente Torre, Italy, 2012|
Is there anything as lasting as stone?
The greatest world cathedrals are made of stone and they will still be still standing out and high when all our modern skyscrapers are crumbling and collapsing.
The first Harry Potter book, The Sorcerer's Stone, has this precious element in its title and plot. How many of those who have read the book or saw the movie noticed the presence of the Stone in it? How many asked themselves what a sorcerer is? How many of us have wondered what relation there is between stones and sorcery?
I realize that more information than we can actually digest has been tossed into this article. The intent, though, was not to explain each quotation, but to create a mood, to stir fascination, to build a scenario and inject its senses-tickling impact through the skin of my three or four readers, transporting them into a forgotten and magical dimension.
There's no need to analyze quotations and tomes to see that stones have always been considered, in all eras, a living, dynamic and firm human element.
Lie down near the bank of a river and look around yourself. Stones, pebbles, rocks of all shapes and sizes, angular and round, smooth and crusty. Think of this: they have been there for millions of years, unmoved, unmovable, immortal but breakable, solid but malleable. Touch one stone, kiss it, and you become the stone. Carl Gustav Jung, as a young child, used to wonder, while sitting on his favourite stone in his house's garden, "What if, in truth, I am the stone and the stone is me?".
Am I of stone? Am I?
I am, we all are!
What is the practical scope of all this philosophizing, many might ask?
Are philosophers looking for answers when they do so?
Maybe, but I believe that the starting point should not to find solutions; it should be feeling the magic of this ancient dimension and merge into that long-lost inclination at wonderment and fascination for the small and the universal that videogames, Tv-series, and iPads have stripped away from the majority of us.
I can truly say that I have a heart of stone.