A brave new world
26/10/2017 - 11:45
“The impulse, arrested, overflows, and flooding is feeling, flooding is passion, flooding is even madness: it all depends on the strength of the current, the height and the resistance of the obstacle. The unobstructed current flows placidly along the channels set towards a calm happiness " Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932) In the mid-twentieth century, there was one who understood what the modern world would be –...
How to be happy
25/09/2017 - 16:15
Happiness is in deferring it not in having it in having it There is the boredom of having had it. (Carmelo Bene) As Blaise Pascal once said happiness is certainly not a childish bourgeois divertissement, or a diversion or distraction, or as we say today an entertainment able to inebriate one away from contingent matters and questions. But it is an awareness, a consciousness of one’s condition, from which issues ethics...
So much beauty in a desert
19/06/2017 - 10:30
virgin, vivacious, beautifully present day – will it rend for us with a beat of drunken wings (...) Stéphane Mallarmé, Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujoud'hui (1887)   Like every morning, crumpled from the night yet still seduced by light, I scroll through the editorial emails that have arrived: press releases, newsletters, service announcements. This is something different this time. I perceive this...
The enemies of freedom
13/03/2017 - 15:00
“It may happen that an excessive taste for material possessions leads men to put themselves in the hands of the first master who presents himself. In fact, in the life of every democratic people, there comes a very dangerous step. When the taste for material well-being grows more rapidly than the habit of civilization and freedom, there comes a time when men are swept away and almost lose their heads at the sight of the goods...