The WHAT, WHY and HOW:
I’m not opposed to celebrating our families and community by taking a few days off from our hectic lives and relaxing in gratitude for what we have. Yet, how many of us really think about or question the mythology of the fraudulent story that is a beloved American holiday, “Thanksgiving”.
Instead of publicly stating that I was uncomfortable with the European barbarism, the conquest of our continent and the genocide of my ancestors, I would sit at Thanksgiving tables of family and friends for decades and stuff my moral response to injustice and inequality down my throat along with every delicious bite from the table.
Last year in TerraBlu Thanksgiving I suggested better sustainable practices in food, social and environmentally responsible choices.
In this year of 2012, I celebrate unthanksgiving. This does not mean I am ungrateful, that I do not still love my family and friends, I just choose to disconnect from the holiday collective denial of Americans celebrating European conquest and genocide. This year I’ve decided to disengage and explain why to all the people who invited me. I’m sure I will alienate some; however, this is my choice. Yours might be different.
Here’s the thing, once you know the facts about something, what do you do?
The moral response is truth and reconciliation. What do we do in a world that is not yet ready to know or knows and won’t deal with the consequences of that knowledge? Sound familiar? (As in climate change.)
You either engage or disengage.
All these questions brought me back to why I founded Terrabluteams.org. How do we change human behavior in order to become sustainable?
And by sustainable I mean, how do we responsibly make cultural, economic, social and environmental choices?
The answer, although simple, is difficult to put into practice: Speak honestly and often, make informed choices, resist conventional wisdom, reject cultural amnesia, and refuse to be polite when it means surrender to lies.
How will I un-celebrate Thanksgiving? I will take a long walk in nature, meditate on my choice and the choices others have made, practice non-violence towards others, and eat a meal of organic food from my garden.
I will miss some friends and family, sure. But this year, I’ll let the parades pass me by.
This week’s practice is to engage or disengage “once you know”. Do the math, find your own facts, connect the dots, and re-calibrate your sustainable compass. Be a fountain, not a drain.
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