Wednesday, May 12, 2010


May you live in interesting times, often referred to euphemistically as the Chinese curse, is reputed to be the English translation of an ancient Chinese proverb and curse, although it may have originated among the English themselves (or Americans). It is reported that it was the first of three curses of increasing severity, the other two being:
May you come to the attention of those in authority (sometimes rendered May the government be aware of you)
May you find what you are looking for
It is arguable but I would venture we live in interesting times. The present to most people is always the worst of times. tomorrow will be better, yesterday was a golden age we have declined from
But the truth is things are not so bad. sure we have bad economic times and that war in the mid east, but its nothing compared to world war 2 or the great depression. In the mid 14th and 15th centuries the English and the French slaughtered each other for 100 years as two royal houses slugged it out for the Throne of France. During the Thirty years war in Germany during the Protestant reformation one third of the population died of famine disease or in combat.The Black death made the aids epidemic and the crack epidemic of a few decades ago look like a head cold.truth is we are all pretty lucky to live now.
As annoying and as dangerous as the tea party movement seems.Imagine living in Europe in say 1940.
Political activity often cost people their lives. Heck during the middle ages a man was burned for translating the bible from latin to English.
What exactly are we? we are people who want to make things better we support progress, hence the term progressives.
We want to make the world a bit better this way and that over time.But if you study history you realize how dangerous
it can be to be a visionary.Heck they almost burned Galileo for saying the earth went round the sun
and really in the big carl sagan cosmos scheme of things 1612 wasn't that long ago
yes we really are lucky to be here and to be here now,Eugene v debs spent years in prison for opposing world war 1
so yes it could and did happen here
there was slavery segregation the internment of the japanese people treated horribly simply because of race.
Through most of the history of humanity there has been was slavery misery and oppression.
And having a new idea or being principled could cost you your life.
We are lucky we live in a time when we can emerge from these shadows oh yes these shadows into the light
if only for a moment.
for we are the resistance, resistance to the conventional injustice that is the status quo
but we are lucky, for though we live in interesting times,and although repression still exists in the USA . still - putting up with the odd tea party extremist is a darn site better than hiding from the gestapo.
or the kgb
or joseph Mac Carthy.
We do not have to live in the shadows, and for that we should be grateful.

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