Looking back is always a fraught endeavor. It is necessary, because without the understanding of the path that our world traveled to get to this point, young ones now growing up might fail to appreciate all the changes that their forebears precipitated, by their mighty struggles of the past. The other side of that coin of course, is that turning around to look, can imbalance us in our here and now, as we face the tangible challenges of our present, by giving us the illusion that those struggles are over, and that things are so much better now. And recollection of past pain can harden those who lived though it, when they look back, and are reminded of the cruel and unnecessary suffering which they, and loved ones now long gone, endured.
Yes things are much better. Fundamentally. But in many ways, the tribal nature of our culture, and the human tendency to xenophobia and prejudice, have not changed very much at all.
So if we as a people do anything on MLK Day this year, I pray that it is to meditate on the singular Truth, that all of us, in our own daily lives, can do more to walk in the shoes of The Other, no matter whether that Other lives on the far side of a racial, or political, or religious division.
Because the fact is, that it is US and our conscious or subconscious demonizing of those who might be different from us, that creates the animus which drives atrocities, both historic, like the ones we note by these markers ones, and also those of the present day, which have no markers, and may therefore be harder to see and appreciate.
Motherfucker! Garibaldi is a national treasure. Tower is the best.
@Nick - Huh? If you're talking about Amtrak, you don't have to wait, it just did:
But you really can't get anywhere on the trains in America anymore. There used to be so much passenger traffic in the US, even up to the Vietnam War, that it was common to get orders to a new duty station accompanied by a train ticket to get there. Now, besides the NE corridor, they are almost nonexistent.
Maybe we need to invest in bringing them back...
Oaktree, Not only are there still trains, the big one is a runaway. But let's wait until it hits something before rushing to judgement.
Mullins, I'm more a junior Parker fan.
I've recently discovered kick bikes. Don't rule them out. If life is an art then how cool is it to know your getting the lowest impact whole body exercise possible every time you kick bike. There's a bike culture in Europe that has gone over to kick bikes as an alternative to regular bikes because though not as fast they cover the same distances feeling invigorated rather than suffering the usual bike butt, neck, back problems from conventional bikes. Safer for for many reasons starting with they are completely at home on the side walks. With a little courtesy they blend well with pedestrian traffic even inside shops. Stop and go transitions are a breaze. Some use them for the last mile solutions on commutes too. My wife and I just ordered a his and hers Crussis "Actve" models from bikemania.biz
Nice comeback for a home win. I hope that Chad Rykhoek comes back soon. You don't know what you have until it is gone!
It demands moral courage to embrace painful truths particularly when wounds are still festering and created a toxic racial atmosphere. What must a community do if no healing remedy is applied? The sickness has metastasized and normalized by a sick social structures. Hopefully,uncovering the truth will offer new hope for a death denying culture.
Rev. Louis Hudson III
So now I have this mental image of Mary Tyler Moore... No... That just ain't right..
If you can't tell the difference, then it's all immaterial. On the other hand, if you can, then it's relatively easy to identify the bouquet of verbose ignorance.
Every Memphian's dilemma.
@Dayn - Odds are it isn't worth getting up to find out. Probably just an obese neighbor with sleep apnea.
Well, there will be a problem in my house if aerosol cheese gets too expensive.
No trains, then what was that loud chugging in the middle of the night?
L'odeur et la couleur du dbit d'eau de ma grand-mre.
Bruce, this article is beneath your paper, and you know it.
@Nick - We don't have trains anymore. Hell, we don't even have trolleys...
Oaktree, do you mean let's keep the trains running on time?
What a great exhibit idea! Love your comments Grace Stewart! Wish I lived closer to see the show! (NJ).
As the Buddhists like to point out, it really doesn't matter how we got here. We are here, now. How we react to that immutable fact, is a reflection of our character. And I am officially tired of saying I told you so.
Now. Let's try to keep whatever nervous breakdown that the elites in government and the mainstream media are having, from putting the train off the rails shall we?
Nightcrawler, the progressives ran Bernie Sanders. A good rant shouldn't overreach itself.
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