“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
(-Sydney J Harris)
In an essay in the NY Times, under his "At Home Abroad" column, Anthony Lewis once said: "...
Italians know how to live in the moment. They savor what’s before them, from the glorious art that surrounds them in piazzas, to the flavors in the foods and wines they produce and consume, to the conversations they’re engaged in, at that moment. Their buildings are ancient, and they have an enormous pride in them, and recognize their magnificence. Italy's natural world of mountains, hillsides, lakes, and canals throughout the countryside are just breathtakingly beautiful. While the Italians want to be successful, they don’t want that at the expense of beauty, and they’re not concerned with development, because they don’t want to lose what is a true sense of community. Farms are not huge conglomerates the way they typically are here in America. Businesses are profitable, but not cut-throat, for the most part. Cafes and trattorias are more interested in a steady, reliable, relaxed clientele than in a fancy name. Certainly there are exclusive leather goods shops and fashion centers, like Milan, but even there, la famiglia is the center of the business, as a rule.
I found that very endearing while I traveled throughout
I guess I agree with Guiseppe Verdi, who said, “You may have the universe if I may have
Those Italians could teach us a thing or two.