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Pamplona, the bulls, death, Hemingway and bravery


the-sun-also-risesA Spanish man has been gored to death at the running of the bulls in Pamplona. I spent the first 18 years of my life on a dairy farm and know full well that a rolled up newspaper is not an effective deterrent against a charging bull. Of course, the article mentions Ernest Hemingway and The Sun Also Rises. I read that book years ago and have never felt the urge to run with the bulls in Pamplona.

The whole thing is very interesting because bravery is usually defined by standing up to something or not backing down. In Pamplona, bravery is defined by running away. Surely, this is the only example where running for your life is considered valiant.

On the otherhand, running away can be great fun. My kids love it when I suddenly yell “I’m coming to get you” and take two strides towards them – they scream with joy and leg it.

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Richard Davies

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