“I’ve seen a ton on the facebooks about “thanking veterans for their service.” As a veteran let me just be very straightforward and honest with you. We didn’t “serve our country”; we don’t actually serve our brothers/sisters or our neighbors. We serve the interests of Capital. We never risked our lives or spent months on deployment away from our family and friends so they can have this abstract concept called “freedom”. We served big oil; big coal; Coca-Cola; Kellogg, Brown, and Root and all the other big Capital interests who don’t know a fucking thing about sacrifice. These people will never have to deal with the loss of a loved one or the physical and/or psychological scars that those who “serve”, and their families, have to deal with for the rest of their lives. The most patriotic thing someone can do is to tell truth to power and dedicate yourself to building power to overthrow these sociopathic assholes. I served with some of the most real and genuine people I’ve ever met. You’ll never see solidarity like the kind of solidarity you experience when your life depends on the person next to you. But most of us didn’t join for that; we joined because we were fucking poor and didn’t have many other options.”—
An anti-capitalist veteran (via elitc)
Well heres a take on it not often uttered or shared
The one thing (ok, maybe there's more than one) I hate about being tall
My hips are tight all the time, so I can’t get into lotus. I know that shouldn’t matter too much; I either use savasana or siddhasana for meditation and mindful relaxation. But I would really like to have the flexibility to get into lotus!
I am thankful today for many reasons. First of all, for the gifts of sight/taste/hearing/balance/etc. They allow me to live such an active, exciting life, and I will be grateful for them as long as I have them.
Secondly, I am thankful for interactions with wonderful people. A new friend I met on Twitter sent me a TON of free Vega goodies and an amazing book (see earlier posts), and completely caught me off guard with their generosity. I was not expecting more than a small packet of protein, but this delivery blew me away and had me skipping around my house with a mad grin. I also spent time tonight with an old friend who has had a really tough few months with business (cheated out of money) and love (cheated out of everything). We spent a long time talking about life and aspirations, and I spent a while doing deep tissue massage. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to help someone not only talk through stress and pain, but to also help remove the physical stress as well. We both ended the night in a much more cheerful place, excited about the days to come. So, I am thankful for people and our impact on each others lives. Humans are a social animal, and I believe benevolence is the only way of life.
I hope everyone else has had a Thursday to be thankful for.