S. R. Piccoli (born November 13, 1950, the initials stand for Samuele Roberto) has been a High school teacher almost all his working life. Now that he has retired, he can finally spend more time doing what he loves most: writing. The book is entitled Blessed Are the Contrarians: Diary of a Journey Through Interesting Times.
Blessed are the contrarians, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. But they must be very, very careful in these Interesting Times! Contrarians are those who go against the current (as the dictionary states), who take opposing stands from the majority: in the stock markets they buy when others sell and vice-versa; in religious matters, if they are Christians, they continue to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, in spite of the Zeitgeist, and if they are not they have the utmost respect for what Christianity is all about and for its contribution to civilization. In matters of culture, education and lifestyles, they are "old-fashioned" while the rest of the world seems to be hell bent on transmuting order into chaos.
This book is a kind of diary of a journey through our time—politics, culture, lifestyles, worldviews, etc.—and back home again, where "home" stands for a sense of belonging to something stronger than the spirit of our times. In other words what this book represents is a sort of explanation—though not a systematic one—of why the Author disagrees with certain mainstream views in several domains. And this from a conservative and Christian point of view, that is to say the perspectives that come under severe attack from secular and progressive ideologies, the over-influential schools of thought of our time.
The Author has collected in this volume some of the pieces which he has posted on his blog (www.windrosehotel.com) over the last few years, namely the most suitable to this traditional mode of communication.
S. R. Piccoli lives in the Venice area with his wife, his daughter, and their dog, a Golden Retriever that swims like a fish and is crazy about tennis balls. (December 2012)