I always thought that the phrase “Do not give pearls to swine” is an extremely classist sentence. How come that Jesus, the man who preached unconditional love for one’s neighbour, gives such inflexible advice?
The other day I was talking with a colleague about the number of women we know who have told us about some type of physical or mental abuse they suffered and we got to the conclusion that they are much more than it would be expected in a modern twenty-first century society.
When Chiara came back from Thailand she gave me a little Ganesh statue. This figure of a human body with elephant head sitting in a jolly and relaxed position on a lotus pedestal captivated me immediately.
“Come there, there’s a path in the forest, I know its name, do you want to know it too?” It’s an old song that my mother often sang while doing the chores… today I had that tune in my head and the more I sang it, the more I realized that reaching higher consciousness is like entering a path in the dark forest and, step by step, getting to a clearing.
Credo che sia ora di finirla con la storia che il Coronavirus ci renderà migliori. Pensare che un qualsiasi fattore esterno, positivo o negativo, renderà tutti più buoni, generosi, empatici o altruisti a prescindere è una sonora scemenza.
Years ago life took its toll on me. It happens to everyone sooner or later, we all make choices: divorces, demanding jobs, long periods of poorly managed stress. My annus horribilis came in the form of a divorce, a very young girl I had to raise on my own and another romantic relationship that ended almost before even starting….
We are all dreaming to have our pre-pandemic life back as soon as possible, with our stressful timetables, our intense social life and the freedom to get a beer with our friends in a bar.
I noticed that this pandemic caused a return to symbols that are typical of deep social crisis like national flags hanging on windows or the use of wartime vocabulary. We will resist, we will succeed, Italy is a great Country, we will emerge stronger than before, we have to fight the virus.
This morning (day I-don’t-remember-what of lockdown, I just decided not to count them anymore) I woke up and received good news: for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak the number of new infections in Italy decelerated. Nothing to shout about, since the number of people infected is still very high, but it’s good to know that we are going in the right direction, that the decisions made so far are the right ones.
We are experiencing difficult days. We are isolated in our own homes, the number of infected and deceased by Coronavirus-19 are getting higher every day, the pictures of military trucks taking the coffins out of Bergamo were really shocking, and so are the reports of doctors, nurses, policemen, supermarket employees that have to bear a very heavy workload with almost no means to prevent the spreading of the disease.