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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On the "Is this actually happening?" front...

It seems a principal in Massachusetts is creating a bit of a stir by suggesting that the Fall holidays not be observed. [link]

A quote from the principal...
"When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples. We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated."

This was in reference to Columbus Day but she followed with, "On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well."

There were already orders not to let the kids wear costumes for Halloween. That apparently came from the Superintendent who felt there were connections to "witchcraft."

I did not realize how traumatized and/or misled I had been as a child.

We did not know that Columbus initiated genocide, we just thought he bumped into the islands of the Caribbean while trying to find a shorter route to the Far East. We should have been taught that none of the horrible things that happened to the native populations in the next 300 or so years would have occurred if Columbus hadn't made that journey.

And Halloween? Why, look at the rampant devil worship that this so called "holiday" has spawned! You cannot cross a street without witnessing a human sacrifice or stumbling across a witch's coven dancing nude around a pyre.

And don't get me started on Thanksgiving Day... The eating of flesh and the celebrating of theft of game from the natives. Oh, the horror of it all!


The Chubby Chatterbox said...

We seem to be falling prey to a lot of political correctness these days. Personally, I don't celebrate Columbus Day for the reasons you've mentioned, but I'm not sure we can saddle Columbus with all of the atrocities that happened because of his discoveries. We don't blame Alfred Nobel for the hundreds of thousands of people killed because of dynamite. Besides, if Columbus hadn't sailed West someone else would have sooner or later. Most educated folks at the time knew the world was round.

Pearl said...

I can do without Columbus Day -- like I ever get it off anyway! -- but no one better touch the other ones!  We're dramatically behind Eruope in holidays that get you a day off the way it is...