Zen

The โ€˜young man being chased by a tigerโ€™ is a famous Zen story, the moral of which tells us that everyone has problems, and problems donโ€™t necessarily resolve themselves; often getting worse not better.In Italy we have the expression, โ€˜It always rains on where itโ€™s wet!โ€™ Or in Britain we say, โ€˜It never rains, it …

The Italians

I have heard it said several times over the last weeks, that it is so strange and unexpected that the Italians, who are renowned for being free-willed and notorious for not being over law-abiding, have been so easily subdued and beaten down into following the draconian rules of lockdown. Living in Italy myself, I can …