Juanma Lamet in Maestranza: "Livestock advance in the guise of prudence that hides the curious impulse"

Juanma Lamet in Maestranza: “Livestock advance in the guise of prudence that hides the curious impulse”

I learned many of the values ​​I carry in my special backpack here, in this square. Here are the most transcendent codes engraved on me, the codes that are still standing when everything is in ruins. The serene gaze traveling together, the seriousness of silence, loyalty and friendship, dignity, bullfighting shame, honor, immutable rites of rites… And also that special way of looking at the world with the curious passion of an amateur. Because he’s an amateur, an enthusiast who knows why. And here at La Maestranza I met the sanest one.

It is largely thanks to the fact that I learned to look at the world as a child from a dung while laying the 9th of La Maestranza as a child. There, under Master Tejera’s gang, I soon assimilated all these codes and summarized them into one indisputable commandment: You will love Curro Romero more than anything. Having a clear essence and Curro is the essence, I think the rest will pass by itself.

Here at La Maestranza, my father encouraged my love of bullfighting, and my mother facilitated it and included me—more times than she wanted to. I owe them the happy discovery of this school of values. I mean, this is my cathedral and this is, From the noise of Madrid I miss the calm and unwavering presence of the Maestranza, a square that I place in the center of life, as if this flirty value was really the compass needle of everything. Because it probably is. They say all squares are round, but this square was born… round.

What I want to say in presentation #50 of the Journal of Bullfighting tonight is that these values ​​that La Maestranza represents are at stake. If there is a threat to our way of life, it is animal husbandry. Behind a good message it is in full swing in our society, euphemisms, and transvestites are full of prudence, but this hides a deep curious impulse. Animal activists are gaining ground in Spain for the simple reason that a high percentage of the population doesn’t know or imagine! What would be the devastating consequences of planting the assumptions of this destructive ideology on our soil?

Now we don’t just have to fight against bullfighting and the censorship wishes of parties who want to ban bullfighting. No. We are also faced with a social paradigm shift in which animal husbandry is imposed on us as a philosophy of life. Puritan’s Seventh is colonizing us with the reactionary gallop from social networks and warm public debate spaces. Under the banner of false cuteness and to the rhythm of the sacrificial trompe l’oeil benefiting from the new wave of mascotism, livestock brings us the good news of the extinction of the human race. as world ruler. That’s how dramatic the warning horn I want to sound here tonight. Because livestock, like Antoete said, “soon and in hand,” would simply mean the end of our culture. That is why we have to develop our strengths in the world of bullfighting, because we are in a vital battle: one’s own freedom, in the most inner and truly transcendent sense.

Fortunately, as Javier Jaspe Nieto noted in this number 50 Journal of Bullfighting Studies“The reasons why bullfights have discredited their cultural status fade as we expose them to criticism”. As an example, he gives the false mantra “torture is not culture”. It is a slogan that we give the message that any form of violence perpetrated by another being should not be seen as acceptable content. To start, It is impossible for the tortured to take place when the tortured does not escape.But it attacks more. Additionally, this very naive slogan that torture is not culture, as Jaspe Nieto explains, means elimination, boxing or any martial art, with the necessary modifications.

Livestock farming is a philosophy that is absolutely incompatible with our popular culture. If an “animal welfare” law, as proposed by PACMA to the Government, is passed in Spain, this will only be the first step. In the long run we would have to put an end to Sanfermines. to Len’s cecina. To El Roco’s Pilgrimage Journey. To rapa das bestas in Galicia. To the slaughter of the pig. And he would not return. Racetracks must be closed. We said goodbye to jabugo ham, fried fish, the leather industry, furriers, Galician crustaceans. And of course the bulls. I’m not exaggerating an inch. This is what PACMA proposes livestock farming, which is starting to gain ground in our society and spreading its tentacles thanks to other parties that embrace livestock only when they think they see it as a hunting ground for votes.

I believe that this journal, which we present today, completes my warnings against animal husbandry very well, for there is a topic that connects many of its articles with the domestic problem. Juan Carlos Rodriguez portrays the intoxication of the sun with his pulse. Santiago Rusiol in Bulls and reminds us of these words of the outstanding Catalan painter and writer. against the false compassion of the beast crowd. “They’re angry,” says Rusiol, “because in a bullfight they kill a bull that’s going to eat a stew later, and they don’t get angry because a poor man among us is starving.” It is from 1924, but even more relevant in this 2022, when animal activists decided to show that they were pouring milk cans into supermarkets all over Europe. Why? For remembering the cow before the poor man.

Juan Carlos Rodríguez also shines a light on how bulls instilled morale in Spanish society at the height of the 20th century, in contrast to the decadent approach of the 1990s. “The bulls,” he writes, have disabled “a counter-cultural movement” and collective solutions. to replace them with individual dreams. Being a bullfighter was the favorite way out of class. This was the great inspiring elevator.

I add that this counterculture itch for bullfighting may now resurface, albeit in different ways. It’s more like a defensive expression than spontaneous combustion. And there, too, identity shift threatens us, because, in Rusiol’s words, “the people are also a dangerous beast”. This author has very well defined the punishment deserved by those who condemn even what they do not understand. He said this: “Those who do not know how to love the beauty of the Banderilla’s fortune, we condemn you to eternal prose.”

Alberto Franco also mentions the unbreakable humanistic bullfighting ethics in his article detailing the bullfights of the forados. The Forados are the last romantics in Portugal and have made amateurism the backbone of their ethics. Not only do they take charge, they are the ones who truly bless the space of man to animal. in a country where the bull is not killed in a bullfight, but instead taken to the slaughterhouse, where a prisoner is shot with a pistol, flayed and dies in a truck, which is the most unethical form of death.

But the livestock will not pass. Not if we raise our voices, because the centuries-old power of our culture is with us. We are in time to stop this stampede. One of the best ways to achieve this is, counting the actual results. Let’s be clear: livestock may be compatible with some cultures but not ours. Embracing livestock would be as much as destroying Spain’s rural world.

Juan Palette Cazajus finishes this issue nicely in his article ‘Bullfighting Against Oneself’. “Few people understand that the survival of cultures depends more on their vital transmission capabilities than on the quality of their content,” says Juan. How interesting, because it’s true, it’s true that it contaminates asthenia It is one of the morbid features of much of our cultural and civic behavior today, but it is particularly severe in the case of bullfighting.

Animal activists do not seek “animal welfare”. This is nothing but the ‘politiqus’ of language. Animalists seek the puritanical and totalitarian imposition of a retrospective view of the world. Our civilization is what it is thanks to the progress of humanityand this has been possible only and exclusively because man has always used animals.

Animal lovers don’t like the pets that come to the call of the bullfights any more than we do: because we want them. Because we choose not to want. Because we love the bull more than them. Why did we decide to put ethics before censorship? and for making the bull the hero of the meadow and the center of all aesthetic and sacrificial bullfighting. And also, of course, at the core of a whole way of life. Because, as Palette puts it, “bullfighting tends to repel and heal the temptation of uncivil passions”. In other words, the opposite of what we are accused of.

Livestock love the countryside more than any of us. On the contrary! Livestock want to ban livestock, delicatessen, meat industries. I’m not exaggerating a millimeter. I insist: empty Spain should know (and in general I think you already know), that if livestock prevails, the countryside will devastate Spain. Censored!

Aware of this, Gonzalo Santonja, in his notes on Asturian bullfighting in the 16th and 17th centuries, urges us in the magazine to “value popular cultures, against cultured ignorance, against the literate illiteracy of today”. And Palette warns in bullfights right now there are fewer publics but, above all, fewer fans. In other words, less power.

It’s worth asking, then, whether popular bullfighting cultures are a minority in Spain that are increasingly condemned to be cheesy. Is the popularity war definitely lost? And the answer is that it doesn’t exactly matter. Minorities protect themselves. If there were bulls. The quantitative argument is basically a disdain for such an extreme and singular art. In addition, we must quote Antonio Machado here in Seville: “Lightning strike the masses. We return to the only thing that interests us, man.”

Believe me, the animal husbandry will not pass. We are on time. We have the guns. This Maestranza, which certainly fits one of the luckiest maxims of a big bullfighting fan, is symbolized by this temple better than anyone else. Salvador Dal: “Everything changes me, but nothing changes me”. Here I learned all the values ​​needed to beat livestock. Here I discovered the essence of things, and even today, on this hot night in Seville, it was as if these walls spoke to me and said to me: Yes, we can. They will not pass.


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