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An Interesting Life

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This is, as far as I know, an expression used with the intention of cursing someone: “May you lead an interesting life.”

But we no longer see an “interesting life” as a curse; in industrialised countries, we are starving for stimulation. We want to be the target of this curse.

This is what I see: that nobody wants to coexist peacefully; that no one chooses to make a positive – or at least, charitable – interpretation of a word or action when there is scope to take it in the worst possible light.

This imperfect society – which, however, is the closest to perfection we have achieved in the short history of our species – has given us so many stimuli that we have lost our sensitivity. We are desensitised.

And this desensitisation leads us to seek the drunken high of revolution and self-destruction, instead of the peaceful march of reform and evolution.

We are searching for an interesting life.

And we are getting there.

The digital edition of “A Silvery Moon” is free until May

For me, being locked up at home is no sacrifice – it’s my way of life.

But I am aware that not everyone shares in that taste, and for many, quarantine is tantamount to psychological torture.

I want to contribute to alleviating that burden, by giving you one more reason to stay home. And there is no better reason to stay home than having a good book to read.

So, until the end of next month, I am offering free digital copies of my latest book, “A Silvery Moon.”

Follow this link to get the book, in E-Pub format (readable on Android and Apple tablets and mobile phones).

Unfortunately, Amazon won’t let me make the Kindle version free at their store unless I stop offering it for other platforms. So if you prefer the Kindle format, the best I can offer you is a 50% discount.

Please share.

Good readings. Stay indoors. Stay safe.

The Invisible Foe

The only way to fight an invisible and silent foe is to assume that it is everywhere.

In a world where such an enemy exists, the wise are paranoid, and the rational and moderate don’t last long.

The invisible foe has no face; therefore, it is difficult to hate it with passion.

It is difficult to find the motivation to fight daily against something with no arms and legs, with no claws and fangs.

We are used to waging our wars with guns and fists, with shouting and words. But none of this holds true in the face of the enemy with no arms and legs, with no claws and fangs.

Such a foe can only be fought through deprivation.

Fight it by salting the fields so it doesn’t have anything to eat.

Fight it by burning the forests, so that it cannot breathe.

We are the food this foe consumes, and the air it breathes.

How to fight it? Through discipline.

The victories are daily, but they don’t bring satisfaction. Prevention, going a day without losing the battle, that does not earn us a sense of achievement.

Winning, we understand. Now, a game in which the goal is not to lose… This is less familiar.

Discipline is what keeps us aware that this is a game in which the only way to win…

Is to hold on until the end of the game, without losing.

Painting: “The Blessed Bernardo Tolomeo’s Intercession for the End of the Plague in Siena” by Giuseppe Maria Crespi