Hunting . . . for the Hell of It
Hipsters need not apply.
Jan 21, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 18 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The urge is too primitive, too deeply embedded in the blood, to be accounted for rationally. No one has yet come closer than Ortega y Gasset, who put it like this in his Meditations on Hunting:
Ortega famously summed up the paradox that lies at the heart of hunting with this: “One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted.”
And just how hip is that?
Geoffrey Norman, a writer in Vermont, is a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard.