Saturday, August 25, 2007

Late Summer Diversions

It's summer, meaning it's both busy with projects and also a time, moreso than others perhaps, for leisurely diversions -- there is a certain irony in that.

As regards the latter, I've begun to read a rather interesting book from St. Augustine Press, On Hunting by Roger Scruton.

The title may sound like it is focused solely upon the matter of the hunt, but it is a much broader focus than that:

"To say that On Hunting is a book on fox hunting is like saying that Moby-Dick is a whaling yarn.

"Modern people are as given to loving, fearing, fleeing, and pursuing other species as were their hunter-gatherer forebears. And in fox hunting, they join together with their most ancient friends among the animals, to pursue an ancient enemy. The feelings stirred by hunting are explored by Scruton, in a book that is both illuminating and deeply personal. Drawing on his own experiences of hunting and offering a delightful portrait of the people and animals who take part in it. Scruton introduces the reader to the mysteries of country life. His book is a plea for tolerance toward a sport in which the love of animals prevails over the pursuit of them, and in which Nature herself is the center of the drama.

"Among the most dramatic and ironic discoveries that On Hunting offers the typical American reader is that hunting is about a love of and respect for animals, rather than a blood-thirsty hatred of them, and that the sport, far from being limited to an upper-class, old-monied aristocracy, is really one promoting an egalitarian meritocracy."

I'm only a bit into the book so far, but quite interesting and it seems like it may touch into some Pieperian sort of themes.

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