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Fortunato Pasqualino

Fortunato Pasqualino was born in 1923 in Butera, Sicily, served his country as a soldier in 1942 during WWII, then attended the University of Catania, Sicily, where he earned in 1951 the doctorate in philosophy. After teaching a few years in Catania, he moved to Rome to work for the Italian National Television Station RAI. He wrote books and articles, and founded with his brother Pino a theater company that was recognized in 2001 by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the human intellectual heritage. Pasqualino won various literary prizes for plays he had written. He married in 1966 Barbara Olson, and had four children. In 1996, he published Gli orecchini di Dio: L’assurdo tra noi (The Earrings of God: The Absurd Among Us), and passed away on September 14, 2008.

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The Earrings of God

The absurd among us
By Fortunato Pasqualino; Translated and Annotated by Gabriel Lahood
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4359-3
Life is full of absurdities, and human misperception of such absurdities leads to a state of unrest and fear that require meaning and direction for a happy life. F. Pasqualino addresses here samples of existential absurdities, and discusses solutions offered: Taoism offers in its paradoxes a natural self-help resource. Buddhism offers a natural wisdom that is informed by a supernatural impersonal Absolute. Hinduism offers a plethora of personal gods who embody the impersonal Absolute. The Judeo-Christian-Islamic wisdom teaches a personal Absolute God whose being is distinct from, but involved with human and non-human beings. The unifying feature of these wisdoms is: Obedience to, and love of, the Absolute can rectify human misperception of life’s absurdities, dissipate fear, and provide meaning, value and a serene life. Jesus Christ, the incarnate Absolute in Christian theology, chose to become an exemplar innocent victim for love, thus giving the most absurd but victoriously redeeming love that provides a new and sublime perspective on life’s absurdities. G. Lahood’s translation and commentary make the Italian masterpiece available to an English-speaking audience.