(photo: an old door in Pellegrina, Italy)
In my view, it’s vital we celebrate the old and the ideas mentioned above. During our trip to Calabria, I was reminded of how important it is to view the past, and the physical items representing it, as critical to the human experience. In Calabria, like many parts of Italy, one can see the past in everyday life and it’s celebrated not as something that needs to be improved or renovated, but as a condition key to being happy. And this view extends, for example, to how the elderly are viewed and treated to the average Italian’s relationship with an old home, a family farm, and old friends. That is to say, for most Italians the experience and tangible objects of the past are to be celebrated and revered.