Danilo Dolci

Photographer Jaydie Putterman

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Architecture was his passion, a profession that calls for organization, structures. But the whole of society was disorganized, he realized one day. It was on the way to becoming destructured for lack of respect, concern and listening. He was outraged. Architecture was abandoned to help the poor, the drug addicts, victims of the Mafia, the waifs and strays of humanity, the people society did not educate or care for. He wanted Sicily to come out of the shadows. One can fight the octopus, he believed. The octopus is crime, corruption, man crushed by man. Aldous Huxley said Danilo Dolci was the ideal of a twentieth-century saint.


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