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Plantidote of the Day 2010-11-25

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[Thanksgiving Day open thread! For the color scheme of the image... -- lambert]


A big thank you (once again!) to Correntian Eureka Springs, who sent in this sublime image of an Ozark country road in autumn. Looks like the perfect place for a long after-dinner walk.

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Submitted by lambert on

I really like the Thanksgiving Holiday because it's about conviviality, which is an important value.* It's a sign of the holiday's resilience that it has not yet been corrupted as a marketing tool; the ludicrous and ineffectual "Black Friday"** is a sign of desperation, not strength.) Gathering around the table with friends and family, making, eating, and sharing food: This is something we should all be doing more often, and in my mind that's what this holiday is all about. (The flip side of Thanksgiving's conviviality is gluttony, of course, just as the flip side of Christmas's generosity is greed).

* * *

So, looking at Thanksgiving from The Department of Analytical Tools, I thought at once of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (hat tip, long ago, Susie, in the PB 2.0 discussion with a link I can't find). Maslow's Hierarchy takes the form of a pyramid:

At the top is the luxury of "self actualization," which I have in abundance through blogging (and, in RL, through various ill-paying but interesting projects***).

At the base we have what's interesting: The necessities. (Susie's argument was that the base is where a viable political party, as opposed to a legacy political party, would focus its efforts. I agree. If there were a party that focused on necessity****, programs like single payer and a jobs guarantee would at least be on the table. And passing unemployment extensions would be a given, not a last-minute, high risk maneuver.)

So here is Maslow's base, the necessities. I'll put my thankfulness in the form of a table:

Necessity Thankfulness Comment
Breathing Very thankful The air in Zone 5b is very breathable, especially since the mill closed.
Nutrition Very thankful I eat food, mostly plants, not too much. Some food I grew myself. And I lost twenty pounds!
Water Very thankful I have plenty of water, and it's clean, at least until the landfill liner fails, hopefully long after I am dead.
Sex Very thankful Well, for the memories, anyhow. Kidding! Or not.
Sleep Very thankful Amazingly, I sleep well.
Homeostasis Very thankful This means, I think, the ability to stay stable in a changing environment, with shelter and clothing. I have both.
Excretion Very thankful My plumbing works! (And thanks to Correntians two years ago when it failed!)

It's all very fragile, and the homeostatis could heterodyne at any moment, but for now, it's all good, and I'm thankful for it.

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And needless to say, I'm also very thankful for the readers and writers at Corrente. We seem to be having funMR SUBLIMINAL Well, of a sort! and learning together, which is good!

NOTE * Well, yeah, Thanksgiving is also founding myth of The State; like all such myths of origin, it's about taking land and, depending on the culture, either killing the original inhabitants or having already assimilated some few of the "good" ones, the others having, off-stage, disappeared.... Thanksgiving iconography supports the myth, but the iconography is being emptied of meaning, which is good.

NOTE ** A term which, I note with horror, originates in Philadelphia.

NOTE *** Career "progressives" achieve self-actualization by yelling "Look! Over there! Sarah Palin!" and promoting sparkle ponies for funding. This is a problem.

NOTE **** "The party of necessity" isn't a bad talking point.

Submitted by PA_Lady on

I've always loved the basic idea of Thanksgiving -- coming together and being thankful for whatever joys your life contains.

It's been a rough year, and no end in sight, but there's still a great deal to be thankful for:

My children are all happy, healthy, and bring me joy (almost) every day.
My family, which lost no members this year and actually grew by one with the addition of my sweet sister-in-law.
Food -- not a lot, but enough.
Water -- still uncontaminated, for now.
Clothing -- enough to keep me warm in winter, cool in summer.
Shelter -- not an ideal arrangement, but I'm not living in a tent or in my car.
My endocrinologist -- for five years, he's paid for my office visits and blood work out of his own pocket
Internet access and Corrente -- keeping me sane in an insane world.

Wishing you all a happy holiday!

Submitted by lambert on

This isn't the original version (link?), which is a lot drier in the humor, but it's pretty good:

NOTE Via Susie. Jeralyn has a pleasing post on this topic as well. No PDS permathread initiation please!

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Submitted by Eureka Springs on

That's a favorite little hollow of mine in the Mark Twain National Forrest in southern MO. Looks like our first snow will cover it all by nightfall.

I'm knee deep in cakes and baking a big ol' pork roast now. You know you are a natural born rebel when you take a pork roast to a vegan Thanksgiving pot luck! :)

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Submitted by twig on

and for not having done anything really stupid this year. There's still some time left, though, so probably shouldn't close the book on that one just yet.

And of course for everyone at Corrente, because otherwise I'd still be trying to make sense of all the dysfunction, instead of recognizing it for what it is.