Yes, we know the under-story
of "Thanksgiving," the American Indian genocide, the turkey cruelty, the
real plan to get us to shop and eat, and eat way too much, and then shop
again, and so on. But if for some reason, in spite of all that,
you are still compelled to "give thanks," consider thanking these:
-- The brave journalist-truth-tellers, you know, the ones who live with
their heads on the chopping block, the ones who write about what we aren't
supposed to know about or who photograph what we aren't supposed to see.
-- Web-masters/sites that refuse censorship and keep bringing the real
story, shocking or ugly as it may be. They, too, are quite familiar
with the chopping block.
-- Activists who will stand up to corruption and face it down unflinchingly
and tenaciously and who work on behalf of all the world to advance freedom
-- Alternative health-practitioners who refuse to administer harmful drugs
that usually only mask the problem and who work with nature to restore
balance and well-being, and who do not charge exorbitant fees.
-- Anyone who refused to be felt-up by the TSA, or poisoned with their
radiation. They did it for all of us.
-- Whistle-blowers, with the hardest job of all, who come from the inside
and break away from the in-group, the assumed status-quo: full time
occupiers of the chopping block.
-- Organic farmers, committed to staying out of the toxic agribusiness
and promising to continue to grow wholesome and healthy foods.
-- Parents who have refused to surrender their children to the system
that would make commodities of them, or medically tamper with them, or
invade them with relentless spying and tracking.
-- Educators who see the potential in students and will not support the
dumbing-down process but rather challenge their pupils to think critically,
become innovators by being creative, original, and adventuresome.
-- People in your life who tell you the truth, who are supportive and
even nurturing, who you can share sweet conversation with. They
are the quiet help life surrounds us with, the glue of humanity.
-- Artists, who in these incredibly trying times, shun commercial superficiality
and instead offer meaningful works depicting our plight and pointing ways
-- Your most loyal pets.
-- Mother Nature, who endures and in spite of so much abuse, still gives
-- The God of your heart.
These are just a few of the blessings that come to mind. Feel free
to add to this list whatever you may be thankful for, and Happy Thanksgiving
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