Happy 99th birthday Mr Levi!

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous areā€¦the functionaries ready to believe and act without asking questions.” Primo Levi

Today would have been the 99th birthday of Primo Levi.

Sadly he died on 11 April 1987…a date I recall because it was the first time I felt and saw my unborn child kick me whilst I was sitting in the bath as a shape poked and pushed my abdomen; I can see this moment play inside my head; an auspicious day to feel new life!

Two years ago BBC Radio 4 broadcast Levi’s “The Periodic Table”…an amazingly entertaining and informing listen which I long to hear again and, very much hope they will re-broadcast for his 100th anniversary next year.

For now I’ll study this quote and know that the monsters of today are just as dangerous as those Mr Levi faced as a young man….and that there are too many “monster-followers”.

What to do about monsters? Mythology recommends chopping their heads off!





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