Laughter

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose has a very special place in my secret library of all-time favourite books. This library, which I carry in my heart -even though there is an exact replica in the shelves hanging in my living room- is a treasure that I guard dearly. Just like the main character … More Laughter

Post-truth…who cares? It is all down to what we choose to do or not do

It has become virtually impossible to engage in any form of political debate nowadays without the risk of sounding painfully monotonous or hopelessly unexciting. A sad new era in political history has caught us by surprise: words and arguments have lost all meaning and credibility, like a devalued currency subjected to the inclemencies of inflation. … More Post-truth…who cares? It is all down to what we choose to do or not do

An idyllic melting pot

The colonisers that settled in Venezuela throughout the decades that followed the Spanish conquest were not the most illustrious of Europeans. In Spanish Crown imperial geopolitics, Venezuela played a minor role. High-flying politics was played at the Viceroyalties -provinces of the Spanish Empire- in Peru, New Granada (Colombia), Rio de la Plata (Argentina) and New … More An idyllic melting pot

Socrates, Lincoln, Gandhi and MLK – What do they have in common?

Confusing and tragic events are unfolding simultaneously around me and I’m finding it increasingly hard to translate my emotions and thoughts into clear, coherent words. Venezuela, my home, is being submitted to the torment of perpetual uncertainty, a torture which, to me, easily matches the horrors witnessed by Dante in his Inferno. We have been waiting for years, literally … More Socrates, Lincoln, Gandhi and MLK – What do they have in common?

Perspective

  Perspective is an instrument of depth, and life without perspective is devoid of sense. Imagine one straight line on a white stretched canvas or a single crotchet floating on an empty stave. Imagine a world inhabited by manufactured humans all looking and thinking and feeling the same. No contrast. A single point of reference. Nothing to … More Perspective

Thoughts on Democracy inspired by Socrates

I have just finished Socrates’ Defence, an account of the infamous trial against the Greek philosopher, unjustly accused of morally corrupting the young in Athens and of impiety. The text was written by none other than Plato, Socrates’ loyal pupil and witness at the trial that ultimately sentenced his teacher to death by drinking poison. … More Thoughts on Democracy inspired by Socrates