By Langdon, Susan Helen
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Extra resources for Art, Religion and Society in the Greek Geometric Period. Bronze Anthropomorphic Votive Figurines (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1984)
For now I am left with the memory of unfinished conversations with Stanisław Lem, which were very moving to me at the time, and which I still come back to with a sense of amazement at his brilliance and rare sensitivity. I have written about them many times, but I would like to draw on them for the purposes of our conversation. Moved by the moral anxieties of Lem, I asked him where his great care for the world and for people came from. After all, I said stupidly, this is the domain of believers, ‘servants of God’, not atheists like him, who are indifferent to the moral condition of humankind.
SO So, I will begin from the end. You say, Zygmunt, that the breeding grounds of fundamentalisms, whether they be secular or religious, are the same – man’s longing for signs, certainties, which he does not find in himself, and therefore seeks, longingly searching for solutions, experts, authorities. This is true. I observe its accuracy even when reading the results of the Gallup study, which as usual encompasses the entire globe. Referring to selfidentification or declared affiliations, they examine fluctuations and changes among the religious community and those who call themselves atheists.
You say that my idea of paying tribute to one God in various forms is utopian. Agreed, but aren’t utopias a measure of changes that took place once upon a time and might even be happening before our very eyes? I truly believe this. The real problem with believers in monotheism is based on the fact that, on the one hand, they tolerate differences (everyone who believes in ‘my God’ becomes my brother or sister), but, on the other, they build new walls. And those walls cannot be crumbled – once I have possessed this one single truth, why should I keep searching?
Art, Religion and Society in the Greek Geometric Period. Bronze Anthropomorphic Votive Figurines (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1984) by Langdon, Susan Helen