Cockfighters and Poets

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About Jeff Swain

Jeff Swain claims to be an expert on nothing. He's just a humble seeker, looking to find out what it's all about. Aside from searching for the meaning of life, Jeff likes to run marathons. You can follow along with his life and adventures on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook.


  1. Yuck. The glorification of cockfighting leaves a bad taste in my mouth and makes me wonder what this article is doing on a website for supposedly enlightened men. I feel that the author is trying too hard to validate his own masculinity, romanticizing a blood sport which preys on defenseless animals. Training roosters to slowly tear each other to bloody shreds for the entertainment of cheering men isn’t my definition of manly. It is weak, cowardly, and completely lacking of empathy. To consider it somehow poetic would be to completely detach yourself from the reality of the act.


  1. [...] “You see Life and I have always had this uneasy truce. I think it’s because we understand each other. I know that Life is a cold and indifferent bitch that doesn’t give a damn one way or the other about my particular fate. Its sole purpose is to perpetuate itself. I’m not an optimist or a pessimist. Nor do I believe or disbelieve. I want to believe but I cannot put myself in the hands of something I can never in this life know is there. Instead I try to do my best in the hope that things will sort themselves out in the end. In my own way, I try to see through all the stage trappings, you know those things that build up around us and come in between us and what Life really is. I do this through running. And running. And running. Which brings me to forty-year old tales of cockfights on the other side of the world.” Read more at [...]

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