"Whenever humanity seems condemned to heaviness, I think I should fly like Perseus into a different space. I don’t mean escaping into dreams or into the irrational. I mean that I have to change my approach, look at the world from a different perspective, with a different logic and with fresh methods of cognition and verification. The images of lightness that I seek should not fade away like dreams dissolved by the realities of present and future…"
— Italo Calvino, from his essay “Lightness” which is the first in a collection of never-presented (but published) lectures entitled Six Memos For The Next Millennium.