But Dante looked up and saw the light shining on the top of a hill. Light shows human beings the correct path to take, and light calms fears. A swimmer who has escaped dangerous waters will take a look at the waters when he is safe on shore. So Dante, who felt safer but still had a long way to go before he reached the light, looked at the dark path and the dark valley while resting before he attempted to climb the hill and reach the light.
Worse, Dante was not alone. Just as he began the climb upward, a leopard blocked his path. Everywhere Dante went, the leopard went.
Are you sure?
Dante was unable to climb upward. Just when Dante thought that he could get past the leopard, a lion appeared and blocked his path. And then still more trouble! Dante was unable to climb upward; instead, the she-wolf, hungry, walked toward him, forcing him down the hill into the dark wood and the dark valley. If Dante were to ever climb upward, he needed help. Some things cannot be accomplished alone.
Some things require help in order to be accomplished, and some things require divine help in order to be accomplished. I was a poet, and as a poet I told the story of Aeneas, a refugee who survived the burning of Troy. This dark wood is no place to be. You have sinned, and you are in the dark wood of error. Your sins are keeping you from climbing toward the light. The leopard is a manifestation of the sins of incontinence, the lion is a manifestation of the sins of violence, and the she-wolf is a manifestation of the sins of fraud.
Sometimes, sins take on material form. Dante, I am aware that you have messed up your life so much that you need help to reach the light. Fortunately for you, help is here. The Inferno. Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy. Robin Kirkpatrick. Giorgio Vasari. Alighieri Dante. The Portable Dante. Complete Works of Michelangelo Delphi Classics.
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