We at QNUW hope all of you had a delicious and festive Thanksgiving meal. While perhaps not the most trad of holidays, what with its celebration of the Enlightenment overtaking the shores of the New World in its own flimsy manner of comradery in a time of struggle, it remains a staple of the American experience and, more importantly, an excuse to drink good booze and eat good food with the family. You could almost look at it as a throwback to the feasts of saints once common in Catholic practice—it lacks that religious dimension, obviously, but in an age of modern secularism, the glorification and memorial of the Pilgrims at Plymouth play the part of a sort of American pre-Christmas celebration: it’s the beginnings of the American genesis, the prelude to what would become the Revolution. Continue reading “The Absurdity of Thanksgiving Politics”
The Logico-Hermetic Debate
They say that a bunch of Englishmen came to this continent and starved a a bunch and that some natives or savages or whatever proved their un-savagery by helping them out through the winter. Then things got ugly a while later, and uglier still when some land changed hands after some transactions of beads occurred, and then there was something about disease and displacement and a long history of violent campaigns involving all sorts of different people. None of this is important to what I’m about to ask you.
Is it alms-giving? This would imply some charity; a selflessness on the part of the natives, some form of contribution wholly on the part of noble savages saving our less survival-inclined Europeans. The truth might blow your mind. Continue reading “What Does It Mean To Thanksgiving?”