Happy Thanksgiving!

“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe, courtesy of Wikipedia

Of all the US holidays in the yearly calendar, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. Sure, you get presents on Christmas, and who doesn’t love a good BBQ on the Fourth of July? But for me, Thanksgiving is extra special because it’s low-key and has a nice message of gratitude and goodwill (both very Buddhist teachings).

The origin story of Thanksgiving has problems with historical accuracy, not to mention the subsequent conflicts between European settlers and the Native Americans. People are right to criticize this.

But I also like to think that for one shining moment in human history, two totally different cultures came together for a feast to share and celebrate. Not unlike the Christmas Truce in 1914, it is a beautiful moment in history. It’s scary to share with those who are radically different, but oftentimes the experience is very rewarding, because deep down we’re all human beings with the same basic wants and needs. The rest is kind of window-dressing.

Anyhow, Happy Thanksgiving to readers everywhere!

Published by Doug

🎵Toss a coin to your Buddhist-Philhellenic-D&D-playing-Japanese-studying-dad-joke-telling-Trekker, O Valley of Plentyyy!🎵He/him

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