I want to wish everyone in America a Happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving 2022
1 of 3 Americans are skipping the traditional meal this year because it's too expensive.There are far more important…
This wish is not coming from any colonialist, nationalistic perspective. I am not blind in the least to the history of this country and I am not one to engage in denial about these things.
This wish for all comes from my own view on Thanksgiving, which has nothing to do with history. It is a philosophy of being thankful for what we have at the moment, no matter how much or how little we do have. I have experienced past holidays when I could not afford the traditional turkey. One year it was chicken. Another year it was a frozen On-Cor turkey loaf. One year it was hot dogs. Though I was happy in each case for what I did have. I was also happy it was not tofurkey. I’d rather have hot dogs.
A report from the US Farm Bureau stated that the trappings for a Thanksgiving dinner this year are up by 20% over last year on average. As a result, 1 of 3 Americans have said they will be skipping the traditional Thanksgiving meal. The additional expense of the meal comes on top of a dramatic rise in the general cost of living.
Turkey or ham for the holiday is simply a tradition. Traditions can change. None of this means that one should merely settle for where they may currently be in life, if they are lacking materially in some way or suffering emotionally. It is human nature to want forward progress, to want monetary security and personal stability. There is no conflict in being happy with what you do have yet still strive for more in some sense in the future. This is just a pause in the rat race that we are told we must engage in.
Sadly, many are not only unable to afford the traditional holiday meal but are struggling to maintain food in their homes, keep the utilities on or roofs over their heads on a daily basis. My heart goes out to these people. My own past allows me to relate to that position all too well. None of my words come from a lifetime position of privilege, as most of our elected officials come from. Barely any of them have ever been at risk of hunger, cold or homelessness. Nothing I will say will point a finger at those who are without and blame it on them, I will not tell people to work harder, pull themselves up by their…