In 388 BC, Plato attempted to persuade the lords of Athens to exile all poets and mythologists from the state, claiming they were a threat to society. According to Plato, fiction writers are dealing with ideas, but not obviously, in the rational way of philosophers. Instead, they invest ideas with the seductive feelings inspired by art. However, ideas transmitted through emotion remain ideas. An effective narrative, claimed Plato, conveys activated ideas in such a persuasive way that they can be accepted even if they are repulsive or even morally unacceptable. So mythologists are dangerous people.
It is difficult to disagree here with Plato. Transmitting misconceptions is not a good thing. Especially in today's children, they inevitably accept ideas and ideas through books, television, cinema, and the internet. No one disputes the intentions of any creator, but it is commonly known that the incentives behind the creation of many works currently available are often mixed, and do not always have as their primary concern the children's mental health.
The series of children's Stories was inspired by this premise that a novel has the ability to convey ideas to children in a way and efficiency that is not met by any other means of communication. But where Eletis attempts to depart from the traditional approach, it is in the method of incorporating into the short stories certain ideas that he draws from time-honored sources of wisdom. The belief of the creators is that when the intention is pure and transparent, and the quality of the ideas high, a beautiful and studied work can prove to be an excellent tool not only for entertainment but also for cultivation of consciousness.
Elesti is a series of adventures starring two children in ancient Greece. Avra, a girl from Athens and Leon, a boy from Sparta, discover an unknown, thirteenth goddess, Elesti. They become her disciples and travel all over Greece, and the planet, from one historical period to another, having amazing adventures and changing the face of humanity.
The series belongs to the historical fantasy genre. The geography, ancient history, mythology and civilisation of Greece are used as the foundation on which an imaginary parallel world is built, the world of Elesti. This world, to a great degree faithful to the recorded historical reality of the era, synthesises Greek mythology and philosophy with the stories of the heroes to create an inexhaustible source of entertainment, education and dissemination of timeless values. The result is a series with a classical Greek nucleus but also a contemporary dynamic.
The aim of the series is to cultivate a certain quality of thinking, and a corresponding attitude of life. A reference point and source of inspiration to a great extent is the cultivation and harmonization of virtues as they appear in ancient Greek philosophy: Justice, freedom, generosity, wisdom, goodness, prowess, wisdom and temperance.
Vehicle to achieve this goal is an attractive, easy-to-understand, friendly, positive and thoughtful narrative designed to provide the best possible basis for broad acceptance and later development. and to the parents, to whom Eletis addresses through children's story itself, but also through additional material such as this text.
No scientific assertion is behind the approach of this work in terms of its educational intentions. Emphasis is not on content but on intention and quality. The approach is somewhat abstracted in order to allow the child to fill in his / her own gaps as a reasoning exercise and the development of his / her imagination. For those moments when the child is unable to do so, and when it comes to the parent who reads the book for the respective interpretations, the worldview of Eletis as deposited can act as a guide.
The first issue of the Estimus series, at random, starts with a simple story that ends with the agreement between the deity of both children. Like any agreement, it also makes sense only when its fundamental principle is commonly accepted - a principle simple in its wording, with unlimited expansions and possibilities for its conclusion. Such an agreement is that, to one degree or another, each creator succeeds in succeeding between the voice that he calls and the recipient or reader.
There are some concepts, some rules that spring beyond us. As the need for oxygen is indisputable for our natural survival, so the harmony with what is greater than us, whether it is called Earth or Universe or God, is necessary for the physical and mental our health, but also our conscious development as individuals, and as humanity. The generation-to-generation mechanism has a role that is the title of "parent", which is crucial.
While the subject is inexhaustible, ideally the goal of each parent is specific: Beyond natural survival and prosperity, it is the cultivation and transmission to the child of certain concepts, values, principles and ideals with the ultimate goal of shaping that character that will allow child to develop to its fullest potential.