[[Note: this originally appeared on the Discover the Practice website]]
Some people know that the modern Santa concept (heavy male, white hair, red suit, et cetera) was created by the Coca-Cola company as part of a marketing campaign; Coca-Cola wanted to get children as a market but were forbidden by law from directly marketing to them. Their solution was to create a character that benefited children (gave gifts) and the children in return would reward this giftgiver with a bottle of Coke. So we weren’t marketing to children, but if those kiddies wanted to get gifts…
The nearest “historic” Santa was the 19th century Bokkerijders, a group of Belgian laborers who performed Robin Hood like acts. The church denounced their activities as Satanic although the poor appreciated waking to gifts of food and money on their doorsteps. Prior to that, a St. Nicholas myth comes from the Slavic countries. There, St. Nicholas had a “Dark Helper” who was dressed in black, had horns and pointed ears, all based on Santa’s shamanic origins.
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Who could predict this? We did, actually…
Don’t worry if you don’t understand that title. If the majority of people could understand it, chances are Donald Trump wouldn’t be President.
Or maybe he would. Who knows.
Anyway, this post is about Donald Trump as POTUS, President Of The United States. It’s been about a week as I write this. I plan on republishing it on our Politics blog (alas, long gone) at the end of February 2017 with additional comments, if any.
Continue reading “The Gloves, They Go Boom!”
Yesterday I saw a tweet “If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?”
I would determine what type of argument they most value and invoke that type of argument to their detriment, offering logical discourse as an alternative.
“Don’t Trump supporters know they’re wrong?”
The question is invalid.
‘Wrong’ implies a morality. Any question of ‘right and wrong’ requires a concept of a godhead, obeisance to some authority capable of inviolate decisions. Telling someone they’re ‘wrong’ requires them to understand guilt and shame. That’s the province of religion and we’re suppose to keep church and state separate in America.
Questions of morality require a recognition of a higher authority, of something superior to one’s self.
I think what you’re after is ‘error’. What most Trump supporters can’t do is admit they made a mistake. This has nothing to do with Trump specifically. Western society especially has made it a point of honor – saving face – not to admit a mistake. Admitting a mistake causes two things immediately; it recognizes responsibility and it requires change.
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On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.
And that simple little movie, Groundhog Day, became iconic of personal change, self-recognition and the will to be better.
But most people focus on the repeating of a hellish day, not that Bill Murray worked to make it better and worth living.
So how about today and just for today, you work to make yourself better so that your day can be better.
In a world where alternative facts
are de rigueur, it’s worth noting a slight mistake made in a BBC documentary entitled “Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial” (it’s a brilliant documentary. Let’s hope we never repeat the reason for its making).
There’s a line close to the beginning about Hitler and Goering; “…together they destroyed German democracy.”
Sorry, that can’t be correct. Unless they were the only ones doing anything at the time. History says otherwise. There were lots of people in Germany, lots of people in Europe, lots of people in the world at the time. Still are.
To say that two people brought down a country…wow…that’s pretty much stating that the rest of the country, continent and world were idiots.
Continue reading “Blind Idiots”