January 28 was a day of proximity, pròxima, a slippery word, consequently slidy, on the slope of space and time. The day followed January 27, a day of remembrance, as if calling us to remain vigilant about old and new Holocausts. Close to remembrance, to the heart (from cor, cordis), close to Iran and Afhganistan. Close to St. Francis and, by centimeters, to the entrance of the Basilica of St. Francis. Close to the motionless gaze of the statue that tames the lion, allegory of power, on the Basilica’s churchyard and which, perhaps not coincidentally, immortalizes Vittorio Fossombroni, a neighboring son of Arezzo, close in the sense of being not totally comprehensible within the limits of his definitions: jurist, engineer, economist … the voice of protest during the Napoleonic wars, a young witness on November 30, 1786, to the law that in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany for the first time abolished the death penalty. Fossombroni was then 32 years old, very close to the sparks of Paolo Santori and most of the young men and women of EoF.
Today EoF defines itself as an ongoing process, but perhaps it is unaware of its own capacity for change, not only what it has in power, but what it has already generated.
According to Gregory Bateson, the simplest and most common form of change is movement, and we believe that precisely “movement” is the word that best approximates EoF at this time.
Godspeed then until the new global marathon that is already set for March 8, 2023.