We all wear masks

In the United States, Thanksgiving is over and most of us can store away the masks we wear for family occasions. We unlock the chest, rummage to the bottom, and tuck them beneath the yearbooks and faded photo albums. We’ll unearth them again at the Winter Solstice holiday (Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year).

Meanwhile, we’ll only have to tote around the two or three we use daily to get through our work-a-day lives. Flip-slip-snap! On goes the work-mask. Zip-clip-pip! Here we swap one out to talk to our children (or elders). Peal-squeal-kneel, we don the one we wear for our spouse.

These masks we wear, do we even consider them? Do we ever resent them? Or, embrace them — gathering them in droves as flavors of personalities we expose?

And then, at night, we sleep and our masks melt away while we dream; our true selves bubble up through the falsity of cultural-behavioral control. In our dreams we are who we are, our masks flitting over our faces like tissue — there and gone, torn away by our unconscious desires to be both ourselves and our un-selves.

How many masks do you wear? Are there those you find uncomfortable? Alluring? Disturbing?


Nationalism and Holidays

Every country seems to have its own set of holidays.

Do these divide us as a world peoples or are they merely a glaze of cultural patina ‘X’ed on our calendars?

The U.S. is readying itself to celebrate Gluttony Day, where we give thanks for living in a country that allows us to be gluttons, both of food and of  post-T-day blackened consumerism. There are no doubt feasting celebrations found in various cultures around the globe. A time of bounty — which in the Northern Hemisphere, is after harvest in the autumn. But south of the equator, where seasons stand on their heads, the largess of the harvest must come six months earlier (or later…).

Independence days. Labor days. Veterans days. War memorial days. Religions days. Culture days. If we combined all the holidays from all the 190+ countries of the world, how many holidays could we enjoy in one year? Could we, like, party all the time? That’d be a sight? “Yo, Beatrice, what’s today?” “Well, Johnny, today is :

National Sovereignty Day Argentina
Black Consciousness Day Brazil
National Day observed Monaco
Revolution Day Memorial Mexico
Discovery Day observed Puerto Rico

Cite: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/

“Super! Let’s party!”

But the world’s not like that, is it? Most holidays are based on nationalism. And nationalism never opens arms and hearts, never breaks down barriers, or unites us a common people. Sure, within a country it does. But does the world really need more isolationist attitudes. “Hey, this is OUR holiday. Not yours!”

If we did away with ALL world holidays, and picked some number, based on all humans’ needs and understandings, seasons, events, science, nature, which ones would you pick and about how many should we have?

Hashtag Human Holidays.

(One a month + one a season = 16 holidays. Sounds reasonable.)