Prometheus, thief of fire, enemy of the gods, Prometheus, friend of men, bearer of light, Prometheus, victim and culprit, creature of the past and the future. Prometheus, the arrogant. The myth of Prometheus speaks of us, of the human condition, of its lability, of its duplicity, of its ambivalence and reminds us that the ultimate meaning of our condition is precisely the fact that we are ephemeral. The illusion of identity, the illusion of the ego (Io), the desire for uniqueness, the desire to determine destiny, to control the elements, collapse before the world of the gods.The man of today wonders about fundamental questions – Will there be a future for human life or is there only a catastrophic prospect before us? What role will science and technology play in this catastrophe, seen today exclusively as the light of the future? What tribute will be paid to progress? The loss of memory and identity? The degradation of values and the inexorable transformation into consumers/consumed?
How does today the theme of the relationship between the human and the divine reappear, in such difficult times of intolerance, racism and fundamentalism? Prometheus is the hero of the border, of the mediation between these two worlds, both of them so different. What a terrible thing is the human being. Even more terrible is the world of the gods.