What is happy? Well, when I am with my kids, you can bet that I know exactly why that is. But, when they leave (or I leave their abodes), does that mean I’m not happy?
This may annoy a whole bunch of you. But, that’s too bad. Because Tom Hayden and 58 other folks made a bold statement 54 years ago. And, while it was changed two years later (when it became far more widely distributed), the direction and observations have tremendous relevance today. Which is the biggest problem with the Port Huron Statement. It should no longer be relevant.
Welcome to 5777. That’s the year, according to Jewish Tradition. We’ve just finished Sukot, one of the 3 Festivals delineated in the Tora (the others are Pesach [Passover] and Shvuot [Pentecost]), a time of joy and celebration. The past two holidays of this month were called Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur)- in other words, they were holy days and not holidays.
The 10th Day of Tishrei. No, not today- that’s tomorrow’s date. And, you say- so what?
Maybe if I said it was Yom Kipur tomorrow, you’d understand the significance. Because that is exactly what tomorrow is. The end of 40 days of introspection, repentance, and preparing ourselves to be better humans and to make the world a better place- with renewed vigor.
Resolutions. Improving ourselves. Making Goals. This is the time of year we generally consider them. It’s why I published my blog piece last Friday (1 January 2016) -because most of us actually consider what should be among our plans for the year now.
So, this holocaust survivor (from Leipzig, Germany) started a company when I was born. One that curried my curiosity enough to have purchased from it more times that I would probably care to admit. And, I was pretty confused as a tyke (I first purchased from this firm when I was 8), thinking I was dealing with a firm in the Virginia suburbs.