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November 23, 2011

Be Thankful This Year | Fuggin Thanksgiving!

"I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land." ~Jon Stewart

Frequently when we do a holiday post, it is rather critical of the tradition and purpose, usually exposing the hidden history of the holiday, and how its been manipulated  and commercialized over its evolution.  Despite the fact that the history of Thanksgiving, as we know it, is not all we were taught it was, the purpose of this article is not to discredit the holiday or its propagandized history.  Rather, we genuinely want to thank our readers and wish them the happiest of Thanksgivings.
The romanticized story of the Pilgrims' and Indians' "first Thanksgiving" in 1621, although merely a peaceful pre-cursor to the true record of the genocide of the Native Americans, is a lovely tale about acceptance, unity, humanity, peacefulness, and celebrating the present moment through the shared enjoyment of food and friendly company. This symbolism within the American narration of the first Thanksgiving has carried on and made this holiday one of the most genuine of all the modern holidays in the United States.  Today the tradition of Thanksgiving continues as a celebration of food and harvest, with family and friends gathering together to appreciate a delicious dinner and share thankfulness for the blessing of now.

Surely, I could go into how the alcoholism and chemical dependency rates rise this time of year, the increase in DUI's and alcohol-related accidents, how all the food on the table could be poisoning you, how many innocent turkeys were slaughtered even though there was likely no turkey on the 'First Thanksgiving' table, how your friends and family probably talk smack behind your back, etc. etc., but it's Thanksgiving!! We should maintain  positive and thankful.

So everyone, eat well and be happy.  It is a beautiful day to be grateful for the present moment (before the sickening evil of Black Friday begins, leading up to the capitalist demon, Christmas).

"But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance Essay