Thursday, November 24, 2005
I wanted to put down some thoughts on Thanksgiving.
1. Some things that I am thankful for at this time:
- My beautiful and loving wife.
- My family and friends. (Both on-line and in life)
- My pretty little cat. (Though I think she is a little lonely without our other cat)
- The wonderful Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic.
- The medications that keep me healthy and functional.
- The scientists that developed the medications and the ones that continue to do research to create new medications.
- My employer for continuing to employ me and give me an opportunity to expand my skills and knowledge.
- My wife's new job, as she seems to be very happy and enjoying the position.
- The medications that seem to be making life better for my wife.
- Our Vet, she is a wonderful person who help us get through the situation with our other cat who we ultimately had to put to sleep.
- I am thankful also to live in a this wonderful country.
- I am thankful for the ability to read and comprehend information, and for the ability to learn.
2. I have heard a number of people making comments about what Thanksgiving 'celebrates.' The comments have been a long the lines of 'celebrating the destruction of the Native Americans.' I am really bothered by this, I really don't believe this holiday has anything to do with the decimation of the Native Americans. The beginnings of the holiday were to celebrate the harvest and the survival of a hard year in 'The New World.'
I have a deep sympathy for the Native Americans. In many ways what they have suffered at the hands of the European invaders of the Americas is very similar to what we have suffered at the hands of many others over the course of our history, and in particular is very similar to what we suffered in the Shoah.
I find that saying the holiday is part of celebrating the destruction of the Native Americans is really doing a disservice to all of the wonderful things that a national day of giving thanks for what we have is capable of achieving.
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