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Thanksgiving

I join no small number of people when I say that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This year, even more so than in many years past, I have a great deal to be introspective and reflective about. 2013 brought with it quite a bit of personal struggle and difficulty: I dealt with significant health issues at the beginning of the year, including septicemia and a superbug, and then lost my last grandparent in July. But, despite this, I approach this holiday season with tremendous humility and gratitude to all who I love and who love me. I recognize how immensely fortunate I am, and how much of a privilege I’ve been afforded to engage in the work I do.

More than anything, this year has given me the opportunity to work with people and communities who are facing circumstances of disadvantage. At least as far as I have encountered, there isn’t anything more rewarding than using whatever resources, knowledge, position of privilege, or basic compassion we have for the betterment of someone else. It’s what we’re here to do.

There’s one group of people who I think is always deserving of more of our attention, but especially this time of year, around this holiday, and 2013, in particular. Thanksgiving is a legacy built on the importance of American Indians in our country’s history. American Indians, who not only shared their wisdom and culture with those who arrived on colonial Shores looking for a new way of life, but also who have sacrificed so much and have lived in marginalized communities since then.

Yet, American Indians, even now and possibly especially now, experience some of the most profound manifestations of inequality and social struggle. I would like to share an article with you that I think captures some of their experiences, though, admittedly, no one account can effectively describe either the complexity of the issue or the nature of everyone’s lives. I hope you will read it, reflect on it, and find it possible to help if you can.

http://stanmed.stanford.edu/2013fall/article9.html?src=longreads

 

2 Comments

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  2. Why are so many people afraid of ANGER, FEAR, HATRED, DARKNESS, DESPAIR, ANGUISH, MENTAL VIOLENCE and/or DEATH? Why do people stupidly believe that happiness is Everything? Why do they let stupid fucking ugly parents boss them around? Parents are such stupid idiots that do not know anything about life. They are plainly disgusting. They should NEVER feel happiness but despair, sadness, sorrow. Not Pride but practically endless grief that never ends at all.

    Parents are no ones friend at all but are to be hated at all times, mentally, physically abused and then thrown out and forgotten.

    They are no ones heroes….. just plain idiots.