The literature – Artistic history of humanity

God, Adam and Eve were the first literary characters
In the beginning was God.
He created the Universe, the Land, he also created the Man, Adam.
And God told the angels:
– Man is my most perfect and wise creature. I gave him mind from my mind, I gave him light from my light.
And the angels humbled the greatness of God.
And God continued:
– I decided to appoint the man, as the wisest even from you angels, my vicegerent on Earth.
And the angels humbled the vision of God.
And God said:
– Humble even to him, the man, my vicegerent on Earth!
And angels bowed to human respectfully. Only the Satan didn’t accept and addressed to God:
– I am a creature of fire, of grace, I don’t humble to a creature of lay! –he blew up.
And God ordered him:
– Humble to man, because is a wiser creature than you!
– I don’t want to humble! –the Satan rejected.
– Obey my authority! Humble to man, otherwise you will be punished! –God said.
– I don’t humble even your authority! Let me be punished! –the Satan rebelled.
And God cried:
– Despised be thou forever, Satan! Even in Hell my punishment will follow you!
And the Lord threw over lightning (whereas designed and decided to create the Hell as punishment for the whole disobedient, as Satan).
And the Satan, the first rebel of the Universe, ran very fast to hide in Hell scalded and persecuted from the lightening of God’s wrath. Whereas, man, Adam, this privileged creature of God, felt as a gentleman in the Heaven that the Creator gave him. Adam enjoyed all the benefits of Heaven. It is said that he had also milk of swallow, but was soon jade from that prosperity.
He felt a kind of emptiness in the soul. The loneliness excessively bothered him.
He addressed to God:
– Be praised, Lord, for the blessings bestowed upon me! I am among the infinite gift, but even I don’t know why I feel so lonely. I don’t know what is missing here inside my soul.
And God laughed heartily by Adam’s naiveté.
And he put the man asleep, removed one of his ribs and created a human copy more or less the same with Adam. Then, he slightly waved and woke him up, sure that he would like the new gift.
As Adam woke up, he saw a creature that looked like him as two drops of water.
He could not believe his eyes as he watched amazingly his human copy that comfortably slept next to him.
– Adam, it’s Eve, your female parable, your wife, the mother of your future children, -God said.
– My Eve?! – Adam left a shout of joy and felt he was entirely amazed from that creature as similar and magical.
And the emptiness of his soul was immediately filled with a sweet sense as the whole Paradise. Adam humbled the power of God with thousand of praise for that miracle he had donated.

Adam and Eve, the first human love

God advised him:
– Adam, you have to love Eve! And you Eve have to love Adam! I created you for each-other, to be loved as you love the Paradise. The entire Paradise is yours. Now, you have the Paradise also in your souls. I have created it just for your love. Try every fruit of its. I prohibit you just one fruit of its: The Apple of Knowledge! Do not dare to harass the fruit of Apple of Knowledge! Promise me for this and you will live, will be loved and will be inherited indefinitely in the Peace of Paradise!
– As you order, God! Your word is never both! – Adam bowed and promised.
– I promise you with my whole soul, our God! –bowed the flattering Eve.
And God wished all love again and closed at its eternal beyond the bars of blue heaven.
Adam and Eve, madly in love, were grasped and went rolling over naked as a single body on the green grass of the meadows of Paradise, that harassed them even more the desire for each-other with all those fragrances of pleasant smell of roses, cloves, cinnamon and a variety of the most rare flower that has created the all mighty mind of God. They were loved, were wanted and were loved without measure, as it is never remembered, or as it is said for the characters of the tales, so that they had tired those tools. Only after they broke and were packed to love, though took a little shame by nakedness and ran and covered with a fig leaf each of them their bird…

The first victims of the first intrigue

Whereas Satan, the rebel, rebellious and the first revolutionary in the Universe, as will be expressed later apologists of the doctrine of the Communist Revolution, vowed to take revenge against Man, Adam, who threw over him the disaster of God, left the Hell and secretly flew toward Paradise. It immediately turned into a dotted and beautiful serpent and with its whistle tongue, as a seductive lullaby sleeping pill, urged Eve to bite the Forbidden Apple.
And the flattered Eve, like all its successors, naive female characters in the literary works of later centuries, wanted or not, bite the Apple of Knowledge. And she sinned. She became the first sinner in the Universe. And God that immediately felt the sin, thundered and flashed angry:
– You, sinful people, you broke the promise! You made a sin and can be punished for this!
And God took away the Heaven and Immortality of Adam and Eve, dumping in the overcharged hardships of the Arabic desert.
Adam and Eve, now mortal, with a shield of dried fig leaf, began to roam with terror after the images of the mirages of endless deserts, persecuted by the shocking screams of all sorts of wild beasts and frightening mockery and mock of Satan, that were after them by putting into play their human weaknesses, versus the treacherous world, which resembled more or less the Hell that expected them after death.

The good and evil eternally at war

Thus, besides Paradise, the Good, Virtue, so Human Values embodied in the Divine in the human spirit, in the Universe was born also the Evil, Rebellion, Sin, Habit, in a word, Human anti-values embodied in the Satanism of Satan and the souls enslaved by him, that God decided to punish harshly and without mercy as a component of Hell. So Adam and Eve, all their descendants, all humanity, human life itself, essentially would be characterized by the struggle between good and evil. Exactly, this bloody struggle with its infinite battles within the human race constitutes the human history. And it is known that this history was first reflected in an artistic way by art and literature.
Adam and Eve, all their descendants with their deeds and sufferings of their life are reflected step by step through naive creations of primitive periods as the Epic of Gilgamesh and the songs of Nibelungeve till in the modern literature of our time as the novel “The Da Vinci code”. Thus, these artistic evidences of human progress have become the raw material for Aed, the first troubadour of humanity and for all popular troubadours and the later creators like Homer and Shakespeare or for the modern creators, writers of our time. In a word, the entirety of the works of the literary creators, that creativity that took the name literature, that in its beginnings, using elements of the magical and the miraculous that set in motion the human imagination and fantasy, took over the mission to be an artistic chronicle of human development, so an artistic history of mankind. Human deeds are also reflected by the documentary history that would be created as a separate science long after and would be developed besides literature, a parallel type, as different and independent, although they are subject of the same object.

Literature and History two parallel subjects of the same object

Adam and Eve, so, Man as the reasonable being of the Universe, facing the difficult reality of Earth, where he suddenly found himself, through his spiritual world has developed the ability to dream and want that Paradise that God gave and took away in the early childhood, when it transformed in a sinful being. Dreams, imagination, fantasy encourage Man to not subject the sufferings and hardships of life but to try to change the territory where he lives. So, he tries very hard to protect himself and the values that creates by the evil and the anti-values that the Satan offers.
Adam and Eve were initially shocked by the challenges that the desert made to them, but the Lord had given wisdom to avoid the unexpected, and they began to set in motion not only biological instincts, but also the mind. So, they started to react in many ways to survive. And they survived by developing their biological and spiritual skills. They developed the thought and feelings, mental world, brain, and the sensory one, soul, conscious. God created firstly Adam, so he created the person, who having in itself talent of God’s wisdom asked not to live alone, so as to say, he sought the company of another individual. God accompanied with Eve and this association with an individual genetically similar, with the only difference that it was a copy of Adam-female, brought the creation of the family as the first cells of the future of human society.
Adam and Eve fell in love at first sight and later, in good and in bad, realized how necessary and indispensable they were for each other and wanted or not, became the first family in the world. She born many children and the family enlarged and enlarged and by its descendants were created other families, which were added in other household which were grouped in tribes. So, by some consanguineous families, that descended from Adam and Eve, were created the first tribes. They were placed in small pastoral and agricultural centers, in the first villages of whom were born later craft centers and the first city-states, who were led by leaders of the most powerful tribes. Kinship relations and kinship created families and new tribes. If blood ties were strong within the family and tribe, over time they began to decline among the tribes, that carried away from each other in the manner of living and by the new territories that conquer around the Earth. Relations and mutual connections of many tribes brought the creation of the provinces. Populations of several provinces, with the same blood and language features, brought nations, of whom were also born modern states that we inherit today. It is known that nations distinguished from each other by blood and language, but also of culture, traditions and customs that were created differently, through the centuries and centuries. And it is these individual and social characteristics that differed from one nation to another, that made someone inferior and someone superior in front of the environment and each other, even more exacerbated the struggle between good and evil. So the nations will be attacked one another for life or death as a barbarian horde to devour and assimilate any civilization worth. And this eternal struggle, which determined the birth and the ups and downs of class orders and social systems, became reflection subject by literature and by history, which are two subjects that often go and develop hand in hand, despite a meeting place and the mission more or less the same they have.

The literature-tool to regain Paradise

It is this constant clash of interpersonal that has served as raw material for the written texts of documentary history, and for the fables of artistic literature.
Literary works unlike historical documentary texts, have reflected emotionally the history of human survival, therefore are an artistic chronicle of human development, impregnated chronicle with spiritual and feeling elements, fed by the imagination and fantasy, are not just recap of facts, reasoning and deduction of the chronicler’s opinion. So the historian chronicler deals simply with the description of the human deeds and sufferings, lists, counts and documents chronologically facts, data and arguments, while the artist chronicler refines the raw material, passing through the filters of feelings and through mirrors, prisms, telescopes and binoculars of imagination and fantasy, reflects it by enriching, creates and re-creates everything he sees and hears. In this way the artistic chronicle differ from the documentary chronicle of human life, although they are referred to and reflect the same object. History is an archive, warehouse, inventory documentary, which has only one mission: to inform and recognize us with our past. In contrast to the history, literature is multifaceted missionary, not only recognizes us how the events are developing from one time to another, from antiquity to modernity, but it also affects, gives us aesthetic pleasure and makes us wiser, seduces and calls us, encourages and inspires, sees and pushes forward to change the world around us. And man has aimed this at the moment that lost paradise, to change the status quo, to improve the world where they live under the parable of the lost paradise, to improve themselves to regain the right to be the pet of God, the Creator, and to merit his gift, Paradise.
In this viewpoint, I would say: literature has even another role, it serves as a tool, as a kind of weapon in the arduous path to regain the lost Paradise.

Shefki Hysa
Albanian Writer

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