Democracy – Flight - Eudeamonia
Welcome inquisitive readers, and consider the many gifts our world has inherited from the ancient Greeks. Democracy is the towering principal of governance of a defined community, by the members of that community. It is an idea, a tree that blossomed in the City of Athena at the time of Socrates and Plato, about 500 BC. For more than two thousand years, the seeds have been transplanted into the soil of the many countries. The principle has flourished, ever since.
Human flight was also a gift from the Greeks; if you are willing to take a step back and acknowledge that the first working wings were created, not in Ohio or North Carolina, but on the island of Crete in the eastern Mediterranean. The year was about 1650 BC, sometime before the explosive volcanic eruption of an island paradise in the middle of the Aegean Sea, just to the north of Crete. (The remnant caldera, now named Santorini, is pictured above.) This fascinating and legendary first flight is the subject of my books, and you can find out more by clicking on that tab.
Of all these powerful concepts, it is the third one, eudeamonia, that has yet to emerge from the shadows of our shared past. This is a Greek word that is without counterpart in English. Roughly translated, it is the spirit within that must be nourished, if we are to know happiness in our lifetimes. The concept fascinates me and sometimes, this website will focus on it.