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Some cultures die as men of iron and blood. Nobody mourns them. If they had some virtue, then they went out standing. If they were mostly brutal tyrants, then the world is a better place when they are gone. Then there are cultures that amuse themselves to death in a riot of bread and circuses. By the time the barbarians come to finish things off, the civilized try to hire them to do security.
If one must choose, then the bloody neighbor is worse than the decadent. Better to live next to Las Vegas than Tehran.
Today - Plane - Vegas - Thanksgiving - Way
Today I am on a plane to Vegas, just before Thanksgiving. For us it is stop on the way to home, for some of the plane the party has begun. Thanksgiving, the most family centered of American holidays, is a bacchanal. This is not a judgment on drink (God forbid!) or even gambling. Instead, count this as an observation based on conversations one could not help but hear at the volume used in the enclosed space the airline forces on us.
These are lonely people who do not know what else to do with a holiday. There are no Holy Days, no family they care to connect with. They are mostly older, my age at the youngest, and doing what they know to do. They are not rebelling against tradition, but instead lack any tradition other than looking at a machine, inserting coins, and partying. They are not having fun, these folk contrast with the families connecting to other flights or going to home to Las Vegas, a place where much happens that is not on the strip.
Homer - Cyclops - Monsters - Culture - Tradition
Homer describes his cyclops as monsters, because they are powerful, but lack culture, tradition, custom. They live between animals and civilized men, because they lack family: isolated, angry without reason....
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