Athena Institute



„Civilization is a matter of life and death. This sounds a bit pompous, but it is most probably true. The people and their communities would not have been able to live on this planet, if they had not surrounded themselves — not just with the walls of their castles, cities and houses, not just with weapons, tools, laws and institutions — but with the protective sphere of symbols: myths and religions, beliefs and values, ideas and theories; magnificent pieces of art. In one word with a brilliant construct: their civilization.

Why did they do that?

Because that was their only chance to stay alive on this planet; not just physically, but spiritually and intellectually. They themselves had to create a world of security, freedom and reason for mankind in a universe in which there is possibly no freedom, no security and no reason outside of this manmade world.”

In memoriam Elemér Hankiss