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I got up at 7:30 this morning to run the Mayor's Cup 5K at 8:30, which I did in 34:20. Last year my time in this race was 39:40, and it was a lot hotter this year, so I am pleased with my performance. Unfortunately I went to bed at 1am, so I am now on my second cup of coffee of the day, and probably need at least one more. So it goes.

In Meeting for Worship one doesn't respond directly to what other people say, but today everyone who was moved to speak, including me, wound up all talking about the same general topic, understandably. The United States: what do we do with it? About it? As I write this my copy of Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains and Ira Berlin's The Making of African America are both within arm's length; as I was driving to work Friday morning NPR read the entire Declaration of Independence, which includes a line about "cruel Indian savages" that just makes me want to reach back through time and shake TJ and the other Founders: both the Declaration and the Constitution, read in the light of today, betray the very principles they espouse and set out--and yes, I do think that there's no point to knowing history unless one does make judgments about it in light of today, though obviously it's necessary to understand historical context to make informed judgments. The events set in motion in Congress 234 years ago are inspiring and dispiriting and had many consequences both for good and for ill. We have done right; we have done wrong; on July 4 along with our watermelon and barbecue and fireworks we must remember that we are obligated by the history which we claim sets us apart to do much, much better.

Unserious ETA: Or you can have Karen Healey's version, in which George Washington hung on a tree for nine days and nine nights and gave up the ability to tell a lie so that he could endow Bruce Wills with the power of a hundred men. /eta

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Date: 2010-07-05 00:46 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] recessional
a line about "cruel Indian savages"

I just read that on someone else's repost-for-the-day. Just, wow.

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Date: 2010-07-05 04:10 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] recessional
Which: it is not a sin my country skips, by any means. I'd just never actually read the whole thing and so wound up going o.o at it.

(Heh. I have the perspective of a Canadian descendant of Loyalists and a history-student focusing on British history, which means the way I understand that particular extended altercation is REALLY different. But the Declaration is beautiful rhetoric, nonetheless.)

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Date: 2010-07-05 23:04 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ninj
I am sorry that I missed this NPR reading. They are good at providing new ways to think about things. Which is why I listen to NPR and avoid all local news.

I celebrated the Fourth by watching 1776 which has some interesting historical inaccuracies of its own.

Congratulations on your marathon. I can't imagine running one.

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Date: 2010-07-06 19:10 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zahrawithaz.livejournal.com
Nicely put. As a fellow USian, I hear you.

Also: I adore Chains! And I'm only halfway through The Making of African America, but it impresses the hell out of me. So cheering to see the shout-outs!

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Date: 2010-07-06 22:56 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
I liked the Berlin book (http://starlady38.livejournal.com/360251.html), but I haven't started Chains yet. I expect good things, though.

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