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Happy Bang-7 Day

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  1. Posted by J. Pierce on Jun 7th, 2012

    While I agree with the sentiments they’ve made their goal, and applaud stopping and re-analyzing your priorities, and your life; it always strikes me that there’s something kind of odd when folks “other” another culture to do this. Almost akin to the 18th century concept of “the Noble Savage” in some ways.

    And something smacks of privilege when you’re able to to look at someone else’s life as “simpler” and more authentic somehow. Certainly even having the opportunity to travel to a foreign land to discover that there are superficial aspects to your own life is a privilege that many of us don’t have. (Which, I suppose is why others sharing their experience like this is certainly a good thing)

    I would imagine some would trade “the filth, the squalor, the mobs” for a bit of what comes hand in hand with the “superficial novelties”.

    Of course, you can’t simply assume that any sacrifices of the modern life are worth the advantages and go and paint the picture black and white the other way either – certainly that’s the first step towards cultural imperialism and another other 18th century concept named after that Kipling poem . . .

    I’m not trying to denigrate the core message here, or say that it’s invalid because of the steps involved in the realization of the message. I guess just commenting on some of the thoughts that come to mind.

    Certainly, being able to be in a position to stop and assess such portions of your life is a privilege, and one we should be thankful for if we have. And having that privilege, we certainly should make the most of what we’re fortunate to have and do as these authors suggest, and make the most of ourselves. When I look in my town, I see a lot of people who could benefit from stopping to reanalyze. But looking out into my neighborhood, I also see a lot of folks who, although they may benefit from some re-analyzation, are also struggling against circumstance to make the best of what they can.

  2. Posted by tom on Jun 7th, 2012

    J-
    thanks for the comment. Very well said and I couldn’t agree more. I just thought it was a nice message and always like to be reminded to step back and take stock every once in awhile. This is as good a day as any to do so~
    Cheers!

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