But to balance things out, I believe we need a day for giving "no thanks" -- a day that encourages people to vent the resentment, rage, irritation, exasperation, betrayal, jealousy and frustration that they are obliged to stifle in their everyday lives.
The world is filled with people who are required to be upbeat and polite to keep their jobs, no matter what kind of crap gets thrown their way. Millions of people endure humiliation and harassment, ridicule and racism, to stay beneath the radar of their overlords. They face regimentation, capricious rules and are disrespected as if they were untrustworthy schoolchildren. I bet they feel like HOWLING.
|I demand to be treated with DIGNITY!|
I am tired of being told to have a nice day (stop telling me what to have!).
But think what a pain it is for those who are required to utter these inane phrases hundreds of times a day -- and also to apologize profusely for errors or defects that are not their fault, as customers shower them with gripes. If they aren't being treated badly, they're treated like nonentities. Their humanity is totally ignored. They live their entire working lives with a sense of unfairness and a lack of respect and consideration. They must feel like SCREAMING.
|I AM somebody!|
|Grow up, get some class, leave me the hell alone!|
I wish! But let's be real.
Should we be thankful for our culture, which is adolescent, demeaning, stupid, narcissistic and vulgar, and which promotes pathetic values and behaviors?
I don't think so! I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!
If only it were that easy.
I have no interest in abolishing Thanksgiving -- y'all go ahead...I'm staying here, eating rice and beans -- but I advocate a holiday for venting, for purging, for busting out with all the stomped-down pain and anger that encumber most of us during the rest of the year.
|Looks like Abu Ghraib to me.|
Our culture spends quite a bit of money on other holidays -- think of yuletide lights and Fourth of July fireworks.
What if we invested a meager amount of resources for a National Day of Purgation -- the aforementioned "No Thanks" Giving?
It would be almost like providing a massive vomitorium, at which we could hurl forth with our accumulated agony and bitterness.
|Whatever happened to the delightful vomitoriums of yesteryear?|
|Kicking some ass can feel so dang good!|
So every day is Thanksgiving for me.