The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people’s differences, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience.
Hi all, it is another one of those “Where’s Ray days.” I am not going to wait for him so here is a Daily from the past that I kind of like.
Ray’s Daily first published on March 18, 2005
St. Patrick’s day is over and you can go back to what nationality you were two days ago. I hope you had fun and stayed out of trouble. I think there is a lesson to be learned from our Irish friends. 100 years ago there was great prejudice against the Irish, they faced the same prejudice as those from Eastern Europe, Italy, and the Orient. These people were our forbearers, our grandparents, our aunts, uncles and cousins. Just think what our country would be today if it was not for these immigrants. They built our railroads, they rolled our steel, and they turned push cart businesses into thriving enterprises. Many that we claim as our best and brightest came to our country from somewhere else, they helped build the nation we live in today.
Today we are again seeing thousands of good hard working people taking the path of our ancestors. They may be Asians, Eastern Europeans, Mexicans, or from some other part of the world, each brings us the opportunity to enrich our culture just as the Irish did so long ago.
When I was growing up in Chicago we prided ourselves on being the melting pot. We had neighborhoods where Polish was the primary language, Greek sections that were not much different than neighborhoods in Athens, we had Chinese, Swedes, Lithuanians, we were from everywhere. And while many struggled, our city was alive and vibrant. And then the melting pot started to do its handiwork, we started to become the same, we were assimilated, and in my view we lost some of the best life has to offer.
I think we again are at the point where we can choose to reward those who become like us or embrace those who are different. I recently heard that my city has been transformed into a global enclave with about 10 percent of our population being first or second generation immigrants. They provide us a great opportunity to honor our differences, to learn to enjoy other cultures, and to embrace rather than lose our cultural diversity. Some say that we must show tolerance to those who are different than we are, that offends me somewhat for it implies that I am better then they. I don’t want to tolerate you, I want to know you, learn about your art, your music and your dance. I want to eat your food and I want to hear your thoughts and your ideas. Your difference is a gift that I don’t want to lose.
The bridges to the future we build together can have an unprecedented richness if we protect those things that make each of us unique. So thank you my Irish friends for what you have brought to us. And thank those of you who have come among us and made our lives a little better and a lot more interesting.
A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What you are about to read is true, no names have been changed to protect the innocent.
We had an expert on child development speak to my Kiwanis club the other day. Because many of our members read to children as a service to our community, she was teaching us techniques that would make these events more pleasing to the children. She has us break into pairs with one person reading to the other, who role played the child; of course I was the child.
Like so many other things in my life it was a learning experience. I was read a picture book about the planets. When my reader turned a page I would hear about another planet. When he got to the planet Pluto I told him to stop, the book was wrong, I have been to Disney World and had my picture taken with Pluto, and he is a dog. Well to my surprise I learned that Pluto really is a planet. Now I can hardly wait to go back to Disney World and see Mickey and his dog Planet.
Remember: No matter where you go; there you are.
A man calls his mother and says, "Mother, I know you’re expecting me for dinner this evening, but something important has come up and I can’t make it." His mother says: "OK."
Two Gentiles meet on the street. The first one says, "You own your own business, don’t you? How’s it going?" The other Gentile says, "Just great! Thanks for asking!"
Two Gentile mothers meet on the street and start talking about children.
Gentile mother 1 (said with pride): "My son is a construction worker!"
Gentile mother 2 (said with more pride): "My son is a truck driver!"
Regular or extra crispy, how do you want the environment?
George, a career Army officer I once met, was jumpmaster for his unit and was taking up a few novices for a drop. The flight was pretty rough, and, after a while, George called off the jump because of high winds. As the plane headed back to base, and the pilot pulled off an unusually smooth landing, two of the neophytes got airsick. "How come you could take that rough flight, but you couldn’t handle the smooth landing?" asked George. "Well, Sir," one trainee explained, "we’ve always jumped out of planes. We’ve never actually landed before."
Sane? Hell, if I was sane why would I be here?
Jill: My ex was just impossible. Absolutely nothing pleased him. Tell me, Mary, were your exes hard to please?
Mary: I wouldn’t know. I’ve never tried.
The old make the rules, the young make up the exceptions.
Mr. Dewey (of the famous law firm of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe) was briefing his client, who was about to testify in his own defense. "You must swear to tell the complete truth. Do you understand?"
The client replied that he did.
The lawyer then asked, "Do you know what will happen if you don’t tell the truth?"
The client looked back and said, "I imagine that our side will win."
If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?
Soon after their last child left home for college, Linda’s husband was resting next to her on the couch with his head in her lap.
She carefully removed his glasses. "You know, honey," she said sweetly, "Without your glasses, you look like the same handsome young man I married."
"Honey," he replied with a grin, "Without my glasses, you still look pretty good too!"
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California vintners in the Napa Valley area that primarily produces Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio have developed a new hybrid grape that acts as an anti-diuretic and will reduce the number of trips an older person has to make to the bathroom during the night.
They will be marketing the new wine as Pinot More.
What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called.
John Stuart Mill
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