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Running, a bad pun and a book

_sister_madly_ came over and we went jogging again last night. Two miles in 22 minutes is her best time so far! I swear her body is taking to it faster than I mine did. Unfortunately, running in the dark isn't cool. I had to adjust our route for safety but the first leg was still a bit hairy.

I actually like doing this. I could see myself introducing others to running. It's fun, relaxing, and forces me to not slack off on my running.

And in other news, Howard Zinn's fantastic book A People's History of the United States is going to be made into a television series! This is fantastic news. I doubt that people will wake up and stop slavishly worshiping some of the SOBs who built this country, but it's nice to know that people are still trying.
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Considered, but that wasn't really a pun, was it?

Though, maybe they shaved a few seconds from their time to make the second leg less hairy...
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Looked like a pun to me ;). I shall consult my 'Peterson's Feild Guide to Internet Humor' to be certain.
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OK then, if it quacks like a pun... I guess I'd just not call it a bad pun. A bad pun should make people run screaming, IMnsHO. ;)
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By definition, there is no such thing as an unqualified pun; I agree, unless it is bad, it can't be a pun ... the aforementioned was in the larval stage of badness; juveniles are often difficult to identify. ;).
Well, why can't one accept that those that founded this country were SOB's and still admire them? It takes balls and determination to start a country from the wilderness, and the founding fathers did that.

I can be an SOB at times but I'm not -- to take Columbus as an example -- guilty of genocide. Doing great things does not mean that one should ignore flaws or, in the case of some historical figures, evil.

Or consider Patrick "Give me liberty or give me death" Henry. As it turns out, there's not a shred of evidence that he said that. He also was claimed to have uttered "If this be treason, make the most of it." No evidence for that, either. What there is evidence for is that Henry's biographer was sailing on the U.S.S. Make Shit Up and that Henry was actually a somewhat poorly-educated individual who had a tendency to shoot his mouth off and later apologize for it. He quite failed to impress his contemporaries.

Of course, there are many other historical figures for whom revisionism is the order of the day. Children today are taught fiction. Many of the historical figures and events they learn are either distorted or outright lies. By trying to shield them from the truth, we are teaching them that it's OK to lie. We are also making it well-nigh impossible to learn the truth. I can't agree with that. Some argue that we will never know the truth of history but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Anything else is laziness or dishonesty.
I have lied about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny for so many years my children no longer regard me as having any credibility whatsoever. ;)

How much truth is told corresponds to the prevailing atmosphere of the times and the assessment of the powers that be as to what the general populace can handle regarding the truth. We have to always remember that what we take for granted in our present times regarding the prevalence of information and the education of the public has not been a constant through the ages.

If humanity still reigns supreme in another two hundred years, this may well be looked at as an age where we demanded the truth of our politicians, historians and religious leaders. In the past, the common man worked far too hard to even think about these matters, concerning himself only with what was of direct impact on himself and his family. Philosophy and history were subjects for the privileged.

On the topic of equality, again ... I will state that, by virtue of measured intellect, it is estimated only 20% of the human population are capable of navigating the modern world without assistance ... the other 80% can barely comprehend what is right in front of them, much less interpret the nuances of religion and politics.
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that the founding fathers of this country were human beings ... and rather enlightened and determined ones ... no more SOB's than any other men of privilege of their era.

If any study is made of their writings and history ... it is my guess one can only draw the conclusion they are spinning madly in their graves at the continual evolution of the concept of 'Democracy'.

The one constant, though, which I ever appreciate, is that none of us will lose our heads for daring to criticize.
Interesting reading ...
I couldn't help but think that the premise 'all men are created equal' has done the country the most disservice ... it implies to the governing body a directive to equalize all men ... according to the perception of what each group in power interprets as a majority.
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Does that mean history is in the pen of the beholder???:)
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"... according to the perception of what each group in power interprets as a majority."

Means that heads of state make decisions based on what 'they' perceive as being in the best interests of whomever 'they' think to be in the majority, by definition, the standard of equality everyone should aspire to. Nothing to do with history at all, really.

History, unfortunately, is not objectively assessed but is subject to interpretation by the culture which evaluates it. We are now in an age where deconstructing all previously held assumptions is very much in vogue. Time alone will reveal if this is a useful endeavor or merely a fad of the present moment.
In the words shared by my father and me, "Cool, what channel?"

He had me read it and I thought it was a very interesting book. I should read it again....