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Now in 2023 we’ve been slightly changing this Substack to be a mix of periodically sending out Newsletters to everyone, and publishing more essays directly here on the website. The topics will be as before, the blending of the old and the new, but at times with more thoughts about the current changing times. 2022 and 2023 seems to have been a threshold in World History, and the end of an era of Western Hegemony on the planet. Now we seem to enter not a “multipolar world”, but an overall picture with two competing Global Systems. The Chinese Global World, and the Western Global World. And one is rapidly succeeding, while the other one is dramatically failing.
This shift has also tremendous implications for the dynamics of geopolitics, and life in our Western countries. The hypothesis on this Substack is that in order to be able to compete and thrive, we need a new Rebirth of the Western Civilization, based on Timeless Truths and Wisdom, and an aspiration for Joy, Beauty and Humility under the Heavens.
About Richard Emerson
Richard Emerson is an Independent Researcher of the Divine Comedy and Medieval Cosmology with undergraduate studies in Art History, Literature History and the Italian Language from 2008, and an ongoing Master’s Degree in Classics at Memoria College with a focus on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Theology. His passion and interest for Dante Alighieri comes primarily from a deep personal love of the Divine Comedy, many years of travels and studies in Italy, and from living in Florence for two years in 2013-2014.
He has also studied Italian Language at the Scuola Babilonia in Sicily and the Lorenzo di Medici Academia in Florence, and recently completed a course on “Dante e Scienza” at the University of Naples Federico II.
The Renaissance - Book
Richard Emerson’s latest book “The Renaissance” is available here:
In a sunny square with beautiful fountains and arts, a person sets out on a journey through knowledge to better understand himself and the world he lives in. He quickly realizes that the journey will change who he is, and start the growth of something new, within him.
A short story (40 pages) on the first step in a bigger renewal of culture, forcefully starting in the mind of one person.
“The story completely changed my view of the concept of the individual.”
– Reader, 26 years, South of England
“Great depiction of the square and light, and the gradual discovery of the cultural context and tradition, with a book and coffee.”
– Architect, 42 years, Norway
“Very interesting. After reading a few pages I experienced the architecture of Oxford on a visit the day after, with completely new eyes. The depth and historical lines are important for today.”
– Oxford Graduate, 41 years, Head of Tax at Cambridge University.
“The style is deep and touching. I love the history part. And I want to know more about Dante!”
– PhD in Chinese History and Tang Dynasty, 36 years, Changsha.
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Short Story About the Joy of Discovery
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2021
This is a beautiful short read about the beginning of a journey, how immersing yourself in a great book can open up a whole new world of meaning for you. Emerson really captures the feeling of a spark igniting the spirit, and through the narrator’s personal journey we become inspired to discover more of the world and its culture and history.
5.0 out of 5 stars
This book puts you in a wonderful frame of mind
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 3, 2021
The central themes of this book focus on being present and mindful, and reflecting on how you fit into the bigger picture of life and history. I found myself feeling envious of the central character’s contentment with the simplicity of life and his awareness of the joy of simply being part of it. It is a short read but will make you think and reflect and central message will stay with you. Highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in Germany on October 20, 2021
Ein kurzes, aber knackiges Buch über Dante, Espresso und wie sich der Mensch von Tag zu Tag, von Seite zu Seite verändern kann. Schön geschrieben und macht nachdenklich. Außerdem hat man danach ein starkes Verlangen, in Italien Espresso zu trinken und dabei den Marktplatz zu beobachten. Sehr empfehlenswert.
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Print Edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DMTZJBB
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