Recently the work of Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet/philosopher (who lived just 37 years from 1798-1837) was brought to our attention by reviews of a new publication of his life’s work with emphasis on his collection of personal thinking, Zibalsone de pansieri. What did he have to say to help us to cope with our daily lives here in the 21st century?
He thought that we need to embrace our illusions. However, in the Course we learn that all things in our made up world are illusions and that we need to recognize them for what they are; nothing. That’s why the first line of the new Lord’s prayer is,
Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter. [T-16.VII.12.1]
In this sentence we ask to accept our true relationship with God – which is in Heaven where there are no illusions, not to eliminate illusions here is this world.
From my brief reading about Leopardi (three reviews of the new publication and a 15 page piece from Wikipedia), I don’t think he ever considered that over and above our illusions in this world; there is our true reality – the level of being at home with God in Heaven.
The other feeling I got from my reading was that as an atheist Leopardi was deeply pessimistic.
The Course gives us a way out of that trap. God Is! Our world is an illusion made up by us by projecting our thoughts from the separated part of our split mind. We need to only remember that God created us as Mind, and remember,
what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love. [T-16.VII.12.6]
So when this “Krazy” life gets us down (pessimistic like Leopardi), remember — accept only that God created us,
as spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His own. [T-3.V.7.3]