Lisa Stansfield, ‘This is the right time’, 1989
This post revolves around the question of when is the
…..is there a right time ?
…..is it the right time when it’s the not the wrong
STOP ! ! ! ! !
The Italians don’t do philosophy…..
Not for a very long time at least…..
…..essentially they packed up that game after Thomas Aquinas
popped his clogs in 1274
Since then there have been a few pretenders like Umberto Eco,
born 1932 and died 2016, but nothing serious
The answer to the question is simple…..
AND ALL ITALIANS KNOW THE ANSWER
…..every Italian graduates from the University of Life with
honours in their cultural philosophy
The answer is…..
IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME ! ! ! ! !
So that’s the difficult part resolved
Next question: IF it’s always the right time…..
…..THEN FOR WHAT
So now we arrive at the heart of Italian cultural condition
It’s always the right time for anything that makes you feel
If we consider dress then we are talking about ‘La Bella
This well-known expression refers to the Italian yen for
always looking the best you possibly can
Italians don’t do dress-down Friday…..
…..they do dress-up every day of the week
Italians don’t do pyjama days…..Hell NO !
What if someone pays you a surprise visit ?
Italians don’t claim advanced age as an excuse for
abandoning dressing-up…..it goes on long after they have
to get other people to help them dress-up
Let’s consider food…..
Italians work on the assumption that everyone is hungry all
of the time
Now since you should not eat without something to ease it
down with, liquid will always be offered with food
Or often the Italians reverse the thinking…..
…..if you bump into somebody they will usually invite you
for an aperitivo because it’s polite but also…..
…..because everyone has room for something tasty and an
aperitivo comes before food
You are probably getting the idea…..
MEET, EAT, DRINK !
….in whichever order you like
Lastly, and equally importantly let’s consider sex
The human species is (apparently) the only species on the
planet that can procreate at any time and (usually) derive
pleasure from it
Other species are limited to mating when the female comes
into season and even then they just go through the motions
that nature dictates
Not so, Homo sapiens, we like (usually) to do it all the
On that basis the Italian is simply obeying nature but with
typical Italian flair, originality and doggedness (and lies)
If the Americans are the great ‘can do’ society the Italians
are unquestionably the great ‘any time’ society…..
…..which neatly explains why the the US economy is the biggest
in the world and the Italian economy was last seen sliding
rapidly downwards past the number 8 position…..
…..the Italians, however, are having much more FUN
I know which lot I would prefer to spend a night with