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Commercialism is what the Western world seems to be about.

I have been reading The Journals of Lewis and Clark, (ed. Bernard Devoto, 1953) and it was the primary driving force: to open trade routes, to gather up resources for use and sale. Same with the Spanish explorations of the New World: gold was what drove them, and what they were pleased to call 'conversion to the Faith' was the excuse. Same with Admiral Perry's prying open of Japan: markets and goods were, by Western standards, our right to claim and exploit.

Can we think any other way, than to home in on any and all source of potential profit?


posted by Ciel on May 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM | link to this | reply

Good to know!  If only the concept had been kept around with the holiday!  It is good to have a day honoring mothers, but a day where the women of the world got together in a nuetral forum and demanded an end to war, ow that could be a powerful thing.

posted by calia14 on May 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM | link to this | reply


It’s a part of spring with flowers. I would have bought the Whitman’s sampler for mine love. BC-A, Bill’s R®st

posted by BC-A on May 13, 2012 at 5:27 AM | link to this | reply

So sad really Ray one small voice of sanity is never really understood

posted by C_C_T on May 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM | link to this | reply

I did not know that is how the holiday began...Here's to hoping that wars end.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on May 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM | link to this | reply

Hmnnn the anti War concept and the anti commercial concept, neither seem to

have worked. Sigh! Ah we humans sometimes I know that we are hopeless.

posted by Kabu on May 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM | link to this | reply

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