....in that this is my favorite evening of the year, Thanksgiving eve, in anticipation of my favorite day of the year where the only thing we really have to do is feast. Need there be more? No.
But then, there's this:
“Just as the commandment
‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value
of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy
of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills....
"As long as
the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the
absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking
the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems....
“This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute
autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently,
they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common
good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born,
invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes
its own laws and rules....
“In this system, which tends to devour
everything that stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is
fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a
deified market, which becomes the only rule.”
--Pope Francis I, Apostolic Exhortation
Happy Whatever-it-is-you're-thankful-for Day, y'all!