Archivos de la categoría: Reflexiones varias

YO FUI ESCLAVO DEL TABACO

He estado a punto de morir con la gentil colaboración de Tabacalera española. Puedo hacer esta afirmación con absoluta certeza porque he sido fiel a sus productos nacionales desde 1957. El consumo salvaje de las marcas Celtas y Ducados me permite afirmar que los asesinos hablan mi idioma. Cuando he residido en el extranjero han […]

Louis Armstrong

Dejamos atrás la calle del artista. Esperábamos algo tan acogedor y tan modesto, pero no ha dejado de asombrarnos que fuera tan acogedor y tan modesto. El impacto de respirar la humilde intimidad de alguien del que ya nadie niega su grandeza, ni artística ni humana. Pero en este caso no hay cursilería ni sentimentalismo […]

Duquesitas

La aristocracia tiene tres edades sucesivas; la de las superioridades, la de los privilegios y la de las vanidades; sale de la primera para degenerar en la segunda y extinguirse en la última. François-René de Chateaubriand, Memorias de ultratumba.

La zorra y el racimo de uvas

Estaba una zorra con mucha hambre, y al ver colgando de una parra unos deliciosos racimos de uvas, quiso atraparlos con su boca. Mas no pidiendo alcanzarlos, a pesar de sus esfuerzos, se alejó diciéndose: -¡Ni me agradan, están tan verdes! Nunca traslades la culpa a los demás de lo que no eres capaz de […]

Death penalty

Juror 8: You want to see this boy die because you personally want it, not because of the facts! You’re a sadist! El precepto de la duda razonable -fundamental para un veredicto de culpabilidad- ha quedado violado esta noche, cuando se quitó, de forma legal, la vida a un hombre sobre el que siete testigos, […]

Ateísmo y moral

In the course of the Crusade of King St Louis, Yves le Breton reported how he once encountered an old woman who wandered down the street with a dish full of fire in her right hand and a bowl full of water in her left hand. Asked what she was doing, she answered that with […]

Shall we choose death?

Bertrand Russell BBC Radio, London, 30 December 1954 Bertrand Russell’s claim to be remembered by his history rests on his work in mathematic and symbolic logic and his profound influence on philosophy. Yet he was also constantly involved in political affairs. Russell (1872-1970) was deprived of his fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, during the First […]

Language and violence

What if, however, humans exceed animals in their capacity for violence precisely because they speak? As Hegel was already well aware, there is something violent in the very symbolization of a thing, which equals its mortification. This violence operates at multiple levels. Language simplifies the designated thing, reducing it to a single feature. It dismembers […]

Ideologías y violencia

Our blindness to the results of systematic violence is perhaps most clearly perceptible in debates about communist crimes. Responsibility for communist crimes is easy to allocate: we are dealing with subjective evil, with agents who did wrong. We can ever identify the ideological sources of the crimes-totalitarian ideology, The communist Manifesto, Rousseau, even Plato. But […]

Creencias

There is a small minority, for example, that believes that bad weather comes from bad thoughts. This is a rather mystical approach to the question, for it implies that thoughts can be translated directly into events in the physical world. According to them, when you think a dark or pessimistic thought, it produces a cloud […]