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Happy Sailorís Day

In the US, today is Columbus Day. For better or worse, we have a significant enough population that wants to rename the holiday, so that it also appears in my calendar as Indigenous People’s Day.

In the 15th century, Columbus enslaved the indigenous people and took most of what he wanted. That’s the way it was done then. You were even considered to own the island if you simply were the first European to find it. Each one of us, on the entire planet, is the direct descendent of someone who did something awful, by today’s standard. It’s hard to judge in hindsight.

Of course, he never set foot on mainland US soil, only the Bahamas and Caribbean, so that’s something to wonder about it being a national holiday. If we’re going to mess with the holiday, let’s focus on an accomplished sailor, with a blue water boat, that set forth with no charts, nor enough food or water to return and found new uncharted lands. That’s an accomplished cruising sailor, who popularized the best cruising grounds on the planet. It’s Sailor’s Day.
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Re: Happy Sailorís Day

Should really call it Eirik the Red Day.
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Re: Happy Sailorís Day

I vote for “Geeze all People are AH’s Day”.

Since we all seem to be making a career of dwelling on the worst of everything.

The truth is there is very little to celebrate in human history if we look at it through a modern moral lens.

But not to fear, this period of abundance shall dissipate eventually and we will return to our primal ways when folks such as Columbus will be venerated once again.

There is no fundamental right or wrong, nature has no morality. There is only the transcendent now and us in it.

Therefore I declare this “ME Day” when I celebrate myself. Being a sailor of some sorts I accept “Sailors Day” as a sufficient approximation.

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