Following a link from James Preece's blog to a thought-provoking piece by Theodore Dalrymple, and then another link from there, I came upon another Dalrymple piece, The Rush from Judgement. For all those who think that being non-judgemental is the ultimate virtue, I think this is essential reading. Being Non-judgemental is appropriate in some very specific situations. But fundamentally, as Dalrymple puts it (after some powerful testimonies from his experience as a doctor), "It is the judgment that, in the words of a bitter Argentinean tango, "todo es igual, nada es mejor": everything is the same, nothing is better. This is as barbaric and untruthful a doctrine as has yet emerged from the fertile mind of man."
Secretive (eg my wife doesn't know I'm writing this blog)
Mendacious (eg my name isn't really Ben Trovato - that comes from an Italian saying: Se non è vero, è molto ben trovato - if it's not true, it's well found (or made up, as we'd say.))
Superficial (I have an interest in almost everything, and can pass myself off as knowing a lot more than I do...)
Self-deluding (my wife probably does know about this blog by now...)
For the record, my kids aren't really called Antonia, Bernadette, Charlie and Dominique either... It would seem unfair to write about them under their true names, so ABCD seemed a good idea. My wife's not Anna either, but again the AB pattern seemed pleasing.