Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Animal rights and nazism

Some people used to joke about the links between vegans and nazis. I am taking this for what it is: a joke, a bad joke if you will.

Still, as for every other joke there is some truth in it. Just to give you one (creepy) example, today I came across the twitter profile of this guy, who proclaims himself a “White Nationalist, also an atheist, animal rights activist, full-time foot fetishist, and Adolf Hitler’s #1 admirer. Heil Hitler!”. Holy shit, I though.

Mind you, I am not suggesting that all the vegans and animal rights activists are like this guy. Not at all. This is only one example and it does not mean a thing. But it seems to me that there exists some weird connection between people with dangerous right wing sympathies and the most extreme forms of practicing veganism and defending animal rights. It must be something about purity and the claim that giving rights to animals will produce a kinder, gentler society, I guess. I think this is a topic that deserves to be investigated more seriously.

On a slightly lighter tone, talking about food practices: I had several discussions on the reasons of being vegetarian. I agree with most – not with all – of the arguments brought by vegetarians, and in particular with the one related to the massive pollution that derives from mass production of meat. I am trying to reduce my consumption of meat, but I realize it is just too hard for me to become a vegetarian. Conclusion is: I admire my vegetarian friends, but I cannot resist to make fun of them from time to time.

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Time for books / 5

This Fall I have read only two books. Good books, though.

First I read Shakespeare’s The Hamlet. Luckily enough I had the original text in English with translation in Italian: some bits would have been to hard to grasp otherwise. I loved the humour and the atmosphere, but I did not go crazy for the story itself. Other Shakespeare’s plays are outstanding because of the structure of the narration. I can think of The Merchant of Venice, just to mention one. In The Hamlet other factors stand out; but the story itself is fairly plain.

I then read another British play, Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville’s Ghost. Again, the plot is nothing special, but the sense of humour and some catchphrases make it a very well worth read. In this case too I had the English text and the Italian text in front, but Italian was not necessary at the end.

In 2013 I will try to read some more books. I think in 2012 I read between 20 and 30. I will get on some great classics first: I have to go through some books from Russian literature, and there are some reads from Latin America, Argentina and Colombia in particular, I really want to finish. In Bruxelles I also bought the French version of Stendhal’s Le Rouge & Le Noir. I doubt I will be able to read it in French, but I will try.

If you do not know what to buy after Christmas, just get a book. It is always the best gift for intelligent people.

Masturbating on hardcore pornography

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