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Thanksgiving Prayer William S Burroughs

A Dark Poem that I think fits in well around these parts.

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Meh.

I get it, and I've often shared the same sentiment. The coarseness of this presentation is a highlight reel of angst that you could easily spread back millennia to dozens of cultures.

And while anger and horror have plagued humanity, there is equal inhumanity at all times and in all places. You are not immune, even now.

Your car runs on cheap gas created by the country's longest war paid for by your taxes. They kill 3,000 of ours, and we kill 10 times that many children there to get control of cheap gas. People in poor countries work for dollars a day to make your disposable cool shoes.

And tell me, have you done ANYthing of merit to stop it, other than a post or two? And no, neither have I. As we speak the Indians and Buffalo are being slaughtered. Some day our children will look at us with angry eyes.

But...

Along with this eternal horror that is the competition and exploitation of competing cultures comes great moments of beauty. On this continent a man was born who later walked on the moon, another man was born that invented a surgery that saved my daughter who was born with half a heart.

I am thankful, and although I cannot stop this war, the evils of capitalism, or alter our dark history, I can give blood at the children's hospital and give warm smiles to people there who see too few.

It is easy to see evil. It is hard to give hope.

William S Burroughs was a Heroin addict that accidentally shot his wife /the mother of his child in the head while drunk.

Learn to enjoy the Dark side a little.

My daughter had her first open heart surgery when she was 3 days old. They left her chest open for five days. I could see her lungs and heart move through a thin yellow film.

They finally closed her chest on Christmas Day, 2007.

We got to know four newborn heart babies that first Christmas, two died. I don't count anymore.

My daughter has had 2 more heart surgeries since then, and has 28 therapies a month to keep up with the other kids. OT, PT, EI, Speech. For a while we used 18 syringes of meds a day and shoved a tube in her nose to feed her because she could not suck a bottle.

Respectfully sir, I don't think you know shit about the dark side. I think you are a tourist.

I think you are a tourist.

That would be accurate.

It is easy to see evil. It is hard to give hope.

I agree completely. As the guy said in Stripes, "Lighten up, Francis."

I would also say that about 90% of the evil in modern American society is the result of our oil needs. I wonder how often Burroughs got off his lazy ass and rode a bike to the store to buy cigarettes or smack?

re: Robinson|11/28 1:32

"I am thankful, and although I cannot stop this war, the evils of capitalism, or alter our dark history, I can give blood at the children's hospital and give warm smiles to people there who see too few."

comment: A grandchild was born extremely sensitive; a child who resonates to the emotion of every moment. Being parents to her wasn't easy. Yet I've watched them persevere, over a decade, to help her build a scaffolding of strength and self confidence all around that shining core of empathy; such that she does not cower, disabled as if it were a handicap, but instead embraces the power of it as a gift - to be shared through art, reading, writing, and each personal interaction with her world.

I am so thankful.

re: Leftbanker|11/28 2:02

"I would also say that about 90% of the evil in modern American society is the result of our oil needs."

comment: I'm going with greed instead of oil. You know, the Puritans had this notion of 'sufficiency'. In modern times this notion took the name "middle class". It was a widely held tenet of our culture that the majority of the populace should be able, by their labors, to provide food, housing, education and health for themselves and their offspring. Policy and practice supported this vision of a strong democracy through State Universities, through accessible health-care, through housing construction of dwellings for families instead of egos.

I'm not saying greed has not always been around. I'm just saying that I think we're lettin' it get way out of hand.

Lovely words, and thank you. Peace and good will to the family you describe. I can tell you know exactly how hard it is, in ways that are difficult for many to imagine. It's one thing for the pain to be in you; it's something much worse for the pain to be in your kiddo.

I can also see that you 'get' the reward of seeing such a flower bloom from a nest of potentially lethal thorns.

And I agree that it is greed that is slowly needling the soul of our good country. Enough should be enough.

Have a lovely week. :]

Thanks for Burroughs' Thanksgiving poem and for the thoughtful comment thread that follows.

By my reckoning, it's never wrong to shine a light into the dark places like WSB does. Did.

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