'I would never use homosexual couples in my adverts': Barilla pasta brand faces boycott after boss's comments spark backlash
"We will not portray homosexuals in our commercials because we support the traditional family. If gays do not agree with our policy, they can can choose to buy other brands of pasta. People can choose what they want as long as they do not disturb others" Guido Barilla, 25 September 2013
Thank you Barilla, for your enlightened lesson of civility...and of course, how could we expect less from a company owned for the 49% by Gratian Anda, banker and descendant of the Anda-Bührle dinasty, once Hitler loyal follower and nowdays owner of the armaments multinational Oerlikon Craves...
I wonder to which "traditional families" does Mr. Guido Barilla refers to....
The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.
Life goes in cycles....so, just now I need more sleep, music, books, sunsets, long walks, laughter, creating, hugs, dreaming, road trips, fun... but....just remember that even if we might never talk again, I'm forever changed by who you are and what you meant to me...
Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart, Without knowing it, from various ills A bird and a tree say to him: Friend. Then he wants to use himself and things So that they stand in the glow of ripeness. It doesnt matter whether he knows what he serves: Who serves best doesn't always understand.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good and for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
As usual, when most it was needed I happened to have forget my camera at home...
No, I wasn't so far as in Tokyo, but just in Padua, at the workshop, "Jian. Between West and East", held in San Gaetano's Cultural Institute.
The word "Jian" refers to the ancient form for the Chinese graphic symbol meaning "between", and brings to mind the minute expance of light between two wings of a door frame. It's in this narrow opening, this intermediate expanse through two realities, West and East, that "Jian" conceives an open space in which they can come face to face and make contact.
We attended an "Aikido" performance, followed by a "Kendo"'s (that also has an unique beauty in itself), and finally an enchanting display of "Kyodo", or "Zen in the Art of Archery" . This video is just my humble homage to this fascinating discipline.
Kyudo, literally meaning "way of the bow", and is far from being just an archery type sport. It is considered by Japanese to be a personal search for truth and perfection--and is often referred to as Tachi-zen (standing meditation.)
The practitioner is taught correct posture, calmness of mind, humility, respect and supreme care of his or her equipment, as a means of becoming a better being. Thus, it is believed that at the highest level, Kyudo masters do not need a bow and arrow since they themselves become the embodiment of all which Kyudo represents.
In Kyudo, the primary goal is to achieve a state which Japanese call "San-Mi-Ittai" which is a state of perfect union and harmony of mind, body and the "universe at large."