|Why I Am Fascinated
by the Seminarios
As I study the lives of the early Seminarios, I
see certain characteristics that seem to pass
from generation to generation. The Seminarios
tend to be of medium build and attractive
appearance, high energy, and remarkable grace
and dignity. They have a strong intelligence.
They think and talk fast, and show a marked
impatience with those who can’t keep up.
The Seminarios are notable for having an
awesome vitality. In the 18th and 19th
centuries, when the average life expectancy for
Europeans was around 40 years even discounting
infant mortality, the Seminarios routinely
lasted until seventy or eighty.
Their intelligence is of a very specific type.
They instantly see the full scope of a problem
or situation. They can make almost immediate
decisions, sometimes without being aware of
their entire process of analysis. They leap from
problem to solution. The solution may not be the
perfect one, but it’s workable.
These are leadership traits. It’s no accident
that Seminario males have been military officers
and civilian leaders. The ability to make good,
quick decisions under pressure is the hallmark,
not only of the commander, but also the
executive. What is interesting is that the women
have the same capacities. Given the opportunity
and training, any of them could have been a
What fascinates me is that almost all of the
Seminario descendants seem to share in these
traits. My father-in-law was one of the
most interesting people I’ve ever meet. We spent
many wonderful hours in conversation. He was a
highly developed person, pleasant, intelligent,
graceful and very dignified. He was a military
officer who reached the rank of general.
He loved to play cards, and was really good at
it. It was tough to beat him. He played at a
lightning pace and wouldn’t tolerate those who
couldn’t keep up. If you took a minute to look
over your cards, he gave you the nickname
“quarter hour”. Since I didn’t want to be
“quarter hour”, he really had me at a
Bob Bordier, email@example.com
Written: March 19, 2016