Wednesday, January 8, 2014
It doesn't happen only once or twice. When I went to see the bullfight in Seville, Spain, they slaughtered 5 (five) gigantic, menacing, gorgeous animals in one single show. The first was a novelty for me. The second was a variation. But when it came the third, the fourth, it became increasingly sad and appalling to watch the carnage happening while the crowd continued to cheer and hail the torero spinning in the middle of the arena. I seriously thought about leaving before the fifth one came in with its innocent and surprised air, not having a clue of what was about to happen.
It is incredible how we humans are so adaptable in our perception and attitude that sometimes, depending on the circumstances, even acts that are clearly a violation of our own human values suddenly become acceptable and even praised.
This makes me think of how watchful we ought to be in our discernment and actions. What are the "bulls" we keep slaughtering in our own daily behavior? What are the attitudes and beliefs that need reevaluating?
This photo was taken at the Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla in Seville, Spain on June 3, 2011.
Tags: Seville, Spain, bullfight, photography, travel, values, reflection, self-awareness,