Blog 1225 – 01.03.2019
It is so easy to get stuck in a rut. The Universe sends us so many varied things sometimes I think just to shake us from the groove that we would dig deeper and deeper for no other reason than that the familiar even when it is not actually enjoyable gives us a sort of tortured comfort. Shake off the old year and the old ways and embrace the new. There is a wider world awaiting if we would just launch out a little from the familiar shore.
Many give Columbus a hard time and I am one who thinks he made a lot of mistakes and mistreated the native population of the New World in terrible ways. And his ego was definitely showing when he refused to admit that he had not found a route to India sailing west and so named a whole hemisphere of people Indians when they were far from it and still are. They called themselves The First People and I like that and prefer it to Native Americans. Americians, now that is another very confusing moniker to me. A map maker got to name the whole Western Hemisphere after himself, North and South America, with Central America in between and yet the ancestors of thirteen relatively tiny coastal British Colonies In rebelling against their sovereign king took the name, The United States of America, and ever since have thought that they have exclusive rights to the name Americans. America is bigger than that even than the fifties current states including Alaska and Hawaii. Canada alone is huge, and so is Brazil, and in my humble opinion we Americans need to embrace the other Americans and the whole world.
When my son, Jonathan, was a teenager he had a favorite black tee shirt with these words in white boldly printed on the front, “I live in my own little world, but that’s alright, they know me here.” We know one another, for all our imagined differences we are so alike, and so connected. This is our little world we live in, but it’s alright for we are known and loved.
On day three of this new year of 2019 we are each of us more than Americans, Indians, red dot or the feathered kind. We are more that Brits, Europeans, Russians, Chinese, Republicans, or Democrats, etc. We are children of the Universe and we all have a right to be here. “Go placidly…”
Your friend and fellow traveler,