In tribute to Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner, today we review news and media from outside the U.S.
Happy Fourth of July, to all of you, and I will be celebrating on a friend’s farm in MO where there is no internet, phone, or other connection to media/communications.
I thought today might be a good day to take a look at the culture we’re celebrating. While it’s somewhat based on a theology that came out of the Middle East, we have an extreme amount of discomfort with the societies that are now in that part of the world.
As I do a lot of exploring of ancient cultures on this continent, I thought it might be helpful to point out that the present occupants of our country are not the original settlers. That’s true of many civilizations.
The Iroquois here in NW PA were latecomers, and were remarkable for taking away the best places from the tribes that preceded them. In the TX area where I lived for a lot of my life, Chickasaw have a tradition of having to remove themselves from the Great Lakes area because of the infighting among the cultures that were there, and that were stressing what resources there were.
We in the U.S., of all places in the world, owe our values and our inheritance to diverse influences and backgrounds.
Celebrating our history should include some tribute to those who went before us, and at the same time recognize that we are part of our past, making our present, and owe our future the grace to forge new ways of appreciating each other.
Sorry, I can’t join in today, but will be back next week. Enjoy your holidays.