Renaissance Period Very few terms ignite our imaginations the way the Renaissance does. We reflect on the achievements of those times and are astounded that such superiority could have flourished against a backdrop of Machiavellianism, depravity and terror. But that is the reality. The eternal drama played out in fourteenth century Florence as it always has done: with good and evil never very far apart. This troubles us. We strive to be good… to do good… however we conceive it. And, equally, we attempt to eradicate evil. But it is a futile task, perhaps. As the great Buddhist scholar Alan Watts has cautioned: attempting to expunge evil from the world by always doing good is rather like trying to get rid of the left by constantly turning to the right.
The Renaissance genius was grounded in the belief...more