Happy Day to You, too, Free People of the Earth

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As you’ve by now heard, today is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. In the last week or so, I’ve read– or more honestly, skimmed– a number of articles on Magna Carta. But when today did come, I was curious about the calendar aspects of the date. I don’t think I’ve seen any discussion about the date vis-a-vis the various calendars in operation at the general time of that meeting in the meadow. Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?

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In my casual reading of the scholarly work published this week on the Great Charter, I read the word, “myth” more than once.

Why are myths of this sort bad? I know that George Washington really didn’t say, “I cannot tell a lie,” although he might have. And I certainly do not care for ‘Honest Abe.’ But knowing those fellows from an early age connected me to my country’s past. And then I learned more. And then I learned to really really hate Alexander Hamilton. Bastard.

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Anyway– today we celebrate Freedom.

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It’s been a bumpy road– and I think it could have been traversed with less loss of life if folks could have seen into the future– but I like to think we are still headed in the right direction.

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What a Life, huh?

I feel sorry for people who are not paying attention.

2 Responses

  1. I thought the Magna Carta anniversary day was the 14th, not the 15th. Which I thought was really cool since it was also Flag Day.

    I always remember Flag Day, because once while I was heavily involved in Scouting, I arranged a Flag Day parade. It went well…but you have no idea the feeling of “Suppose you have a parade and nobody comes!”

    So…now I’m going to remember to celebrate both Flag Day, and the contributions of Magna Carta that made Flag Day possible!

  2. Yea! I forgot about Flag Day. (Spending too much time outside and then inside trying to cool off.)

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