I just read an article in the New York Times (you can find it here) where the ideas of some Republican Candidates to the next year presidencial elections are described.

In particular one of these politicians says that the evolution is only a theory (what?!?!) and the global warming is a conspiration organized worldwide by scientist to receive founds for their researches (I swear it’s true! Read the article).

Now I don’t want to judge these candidates: as I always say, I am only a guest in the US and I have to accept the rules and the ideas that the US Citizens have even if I think that are crazy!

What I want to do is making some considerations about the period we are living now, inspired by a comment of a friend of mine on Facebook: “mala tempora currunt” (latin for “bad times are approaching”).

My question is: Are we living in a period that is the beginning of a new Middle Ages?

Ok, I’m not an expert in history but only someone that likes to read some books, so maybe all I’m going to say are only a pile of nonsense.

To answer this question first of all I want to say that the transaction from one age to another is not immediate… I mean when Columbus arrived in America, he didn’t find a poster with the sentence “Goodbye Middle Ages, Welcome Modern Era”. It was a very long process that led to that transaction. In the same way the process that I think is going on in this period will not be complete before hundreds of years!

But where do I see these affinities between the period before the Middle Ages and now?

Well… I have the sensation that many things are similar!

For example the big Roman empire that collapsed after reaching a huge (for that time) dimension reminds me the economical difficulties that big countries are facing now!

Another similarity is the increasing number of people that want the religion deeply connected to choices that must be completely secular!

What else? The corruption and the increasing lack of honesty of politicians in all the world (remember the corruption of the Roman senators?) or the “great leaders” that resemble too much the emperors that had the senate only to subscribe their choices…

I repeat… maybe it’s only nonsense (and please forgive me for this), but every time I read something like the article of the NYT I’m scared of the direction that the world seems to take.

Yesterday night I was in a very good restaurant (Oleana in Cambridge) and while I was enjoying the wonderful dinner a question came in my mind: what makes a good restaurant “great”?

Today I think I have my answer: it’s not only a matter of food! I’ve been in many good restaurant serving wonderful food, but only few of them were great!

The “great” is something related with the experience you have in a restaurant! The details, more than everything, are really important!

Oleana, for example, has tables in a small patio. They could take advantage of all the space they had, but they decided to sacrifice some of it to make a wonderful garden with amazing flowers.

The garden itself is then well maintained, so there is not backwater and there are no mosquitos!

So the result is wonderful food, amazing location and a really pleasant time.

In other words: GREAT

Here we are… again!

This time I’ll not forget to update my website: I promise!

Ok.. I can already hear some “liar” surrounding me and probably it’s true: I always forget to update my blog/pages/whatever
I created in the past and the reason is that what I was writing was not interesting! (and I don’t want to consider how difficult was to deal with the old blog app)

So I decided to do a couple of simple things:

  1. Install wordpress and removing the ugly content manager I was using (BTW I love wordpress)
  2. Applying a nice and clean theme
  3. Using my poor English to write the content of this website
  4. and … more than everything: I decided to not be ambitious!
Maybe you (my dear 3 readers) are wondering the meaning of the forth point, so here is my explanation!
what I don’t want to do is to think that a lot of people will follow me. There are too meny interesting websites around to think that mine deserves attention!
So my idea is that I’ll use this website as a view of my life trough internet. So I’ll post about my life, my job, my interests!
We’ll se what happens!
Se you soon!