Joyless Prudes & Panics

I’m sorry but I’m really starting to lose patience with these decorate nothing because it might offend someone and don’t let kids dress up for thanksgiving because it might give offense or re-inforce an old narrative that needs “correction.”

These people prattling on and on, trying to render everything sterile in the name of “sensitivity” and “accuracy” give me a pain in the ass. One wonders – if these practices are so “demeaning” and detrimental to society – how these enlightened folks (who very likely participated in all of these dress-up and decorating rituals at some point in their lives, and did so with excitement and enjoyment) ever managed to break free of the oppressive chains of their childhoods so as to lead the rest of us out of every goofy and affectionate tradition and into the promised land of blandness, where there is no joy, but lots of grave breast-beating and serious reflection.

I’m also getting a little eye-roll-y about these sorts as well. Disaster preparedness, I’m all for, but where did this “manna from heaven for America” stuff come from?

Extremists and zealots are very tiresome. I’d like to put the “no-fun, no-decorations, only-gravity and shame” people and the “survivalist-manna-from heaven-for America” people together for a few weeks and let them put up with each other and give us all a break.

But then, I’m cranky, today.

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  • KIA

    I agree Anchoress that political correctness takes the fun out of things. But then, isn’t that the point? After all, the PC term is communistic in origin.

    As for the Manna, we’ve had it for 2000 years, and it works wonders when used correctly and received worthily. It the worlds’ to “rediscover.” Thank God for our holy priests and the Eucharist.

  • tim maguire

    The manna from heaven crowd is one of the gifts of the internet. With the ease of entry for any literate person, every conceivable viewpoint is represented in here somewhere. That way, anybody who wants to write about another group can make pretty much any assertion they want and somewhere out there is an example backing it up.

    Andrew Sullivan, for instance, has made a career out of appointing anyone who makes a statement he needs to use to prove his argument as the spokesperson of whatever group he’s writing about.

  • dellbabe68

    I must be cranky, too, though not only today it seems.
    Amen to all this. I’m sick of everyone’s crap.

  • ShanaSFO

    Manna falling from heaven on the USA?

    Wouldn’t you think the Pilgrims – coming here to escape religious persecution and all – would have had such a thing, if anyone would have?

    How many of them starved to death that first year?

    Which, is what those Pilgrims were ‘giving thanks to God’ for at that Thanksgiving, right?

    Can we put up signs saying that Political Correctness is offensive? Sounds like a new bumpersticker to me, Mable…

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  • stephanie

    You know who the “orginal” “no-fun, no-decorations, only-gravity and shame” people were, right? Puritans :-). Note: Original is in quotes because somehow I doubt the puritans invented it- they are just one of the more well known and recent groups to practice those ideals.

    [I bet the shining tolerant ones on the left would be horrified to think of themselves as "puritans." I call them "prudes" myself. Every since they started having vapors and falling apart - like victorian hothouse flowers - over risque jokes, circa 1990. - admin]

  • Peregrine John

    On behalf of the Cheyenne, Creek and Choctaw, from whom I am descended, I’d like to tell those pathetic twits to get a grip and stop being offended on my behalf. And by all things holy and sane, stop trying to find offense where their is only goodness, peace and joy intended.

    Quote that, Sullivan.

  • Peregrine John

    …only do quote it without my auto-correction typo. Thanks.

  • nolanimrod

    Pharisees and Sadducees, weren’t they?

  • culperjr.

    I have a wild, impractical idea for the nasty, killjoy scolds who would take away the simple, wholesome fun of Thanksgiving (and everything else). If you find it offensive that 5 year olds make Indian headdresses out of colored construction paper and “buckskin” vests out of brown paper bags…why not volunteer to come into the classroom and do it better yourself?

    I was a Curator of Education for a small historical museum. Every November found squadrons of kindergarteners coming in to learn about the First Thanksgiving. There is only so much historical nuance one can impart to a 5 year old, but I tried.

    I gathered together a basket of Indian corn, gourds, wampum beads and other appropriate artifacts. I showed them how deerskin could be stitched with sinew, how corn was ground for cooking and other appropriate survival skills.

    I gave the kids a glimpse of authentic, correct, non-offensive Coastal New England Native American culture.

    And then we got out the construction paper and made headdresses.

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