Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This Thanksgiving Oddness..... 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!


  1. When I worked on the London Stock Exchange, one of our major clients was the Church of England Commissioners. I personally handled about £20 million a day on their behalf (1964-ish). I was also obliged to sign a secrecy agreement. The Catholic church is FAR richer than the C of E, and they even have their own banking system. Maybe Popey should sort out his own house before criticising the whole system.

    1. Cro, here's hoping he does.

      But for me, a former Catholic with no use for religion, I see Pope Frankie as a light amongst the seemingly endless dark that penetrates all aspects of our lives here on this fragile planet.

    2. He does seem far more 'human' than most of his predecessors.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I know there will be pies. sp

  3. Happy observations and celebrations back at you, my dear!

    For those of us for whom things to be thankful for are few and far between, I am hoping for improvement as time goes on.

    Love, C.