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Coriolistic Anachronisms | 4th of July come and gone

Coriolistic Anachronisms


4th of July come and gone

I’m not one to celebrate nor appreciate National and Independence days much, whether a 4th of July, a 14th or a 1st. While people drink and party, I tend to ponder. It is so easy to raise a flag high and forget the atrocities that have led us where we are. I do not feel that ancient blood baths are anything worth celebrating, especially when they are actually being perpetrated all over again on some distant land. If anything, a day of mourning and remembrance would be more appropriate. To feel sorry for a necessary evil and convince ourselves we have grown. But have we?

This 4th of July was equal to itself. I worked most of the week-end and had to deal with drunks and fights. The fights were fueled by ideology conflict, intolerance and latent racism. If a country’s national holiday meant anything serious, one would think that the masses would find something more intelligent to do than get trashed.

And was I in France, I wouldn’t look forward any more to the upcoming 14th of July, for exactly the same reasons.

In any case, a walk along the Brooklyn Promenade with Marie was uneventful and I managed to get a nice-ish shot of our Manhattan skyline from the new park in Brooklyn. Peace to all.


  • Karen

    If you have some free time, you should read Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present”.

    (From the publisher’s website): “Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People’s History is the only volume to tell America’s story from the point of view of — and in the words of — America’s women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country’s greatest battles — the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women’s rights, racial equality — were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. ”

    Terrific book and a real eye-opener.

    Comment logged on 2010-7-7
  • frank@nycgarden

    As I drove back to NYC on July 4th, at 9:45pm, two friends and I discussed how no one ever complains about the toxic clouds that decend on our communities after the fireworks. We were passing through just one of those clouds somewhere on I 684 -which spurred the conversation.

    It begins in childhood. Fireworks dazzle. The effect is too powerful to pass off. It’s a candied indoctrination. Who could feel sorry when all that color is exploding overhead. It’s the color of victory anyhow, and victory promotes itself. What nation laments those lost on the other side? And how could that nation promote warfare in the wake of such lamentation?

    I can’t seem to celebrate the American revolution, which was a revolution over taxation. It has little to ennoble it, but to complain that taxes were “oppressive.” That’s an Englishman’s oppression, I suppose. I’d rather celebrate the end of the American Civil War.

    Comment logged on 2010-7-7
  • Vince

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for two very insightful comments, it’s a nice change to actually have something serious to discuss around here…

    I am not much of a History fan and generally prefer to look from the present onward, but the topic of that book sounds interesting indeed, Karen, I will look it up.

    Frank, An Englishman’s oppression must necessarily be accompanied with food boiled in mint. Seriously, I like fireworks when they are not associated with a flag or brand. Which is rarely. Toxic cloud, yes, but so infinitely small compared to air traffic, smokers, 4WD monsters and BP spills…

    Comment logged on 2010-7-9

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