reply to post by charles1952
it's funny and interesting how much humans are swayed by what we see in movies and magazines. here in America we are blessed with the people of the
world, folks from everywhere come and bring their cultures, social mores, beliefs, customs, foods, religions. not everyone everywhere is exposed to
the many things we are. and along the way we have the things that are uniquely American, for better or worse. such as the Wild Wild West years of the
cowboys and lawlessness, and the Marlon Brando 'Wild Ones' Hells Angels 1%'s culture borne of returning WWII veterans and their rebellious
I live in hope that a day will come when we cease to compare this with that. I so hope someday violence and war will be something no one on the planet
has first hand knowledge of in their lives. there are so many wonderful things we get to enjoy while others are hungry and homeless. may the day come
when all mankind is happy, healthy and well cared for.
a few things American that mean a lot to me:
the Manifesto of the original Black Panther Party of the 1960's. please do look it up online some time and educate yourself about the wonderful
mindset the Panthers had in the day. this applied to all who were oppressed, hungry and struggling with poverty, regardless of ethnic group or skin
tone. the Panthers did some wonderful things for many people in their day, and they fill me with hope when i think of what can be.
the freedom to go to any house of worship i choose, to follow whichever beliefs i wish. not everyone everywhere has this in their life. i consider
myself damn lucky. some people don't know you can't be a Christian (etcetera) everywhere in the world. can you imagine not being able to practice
your faith? holy crap.
being born in the land of plenty has totally rocked for me. i'm one of the lucky ones that has always had a roof over my head, food on my plate and
people who love me. while this may not be unique to America i just wanted to share that i'm thankful for what i've been given.
i can speak my mind. so can my neighbors and all the other hundreds of millions of people living here. you might not agree with my words or like what
i'm saying but here you too are free to spew any nonsense you wish, shy of threatening other peoples lives and what-not. there are still countries
where you get killed for trying that out.
and some of my favorite Americans, for their incredible contributions to the arts, and i'm sorry because i know there are so many more i want to
mention that i'm thankful for:
Frank Zappa - i've learned so much about music, politics, culture and life in general from the music, movies, interviews and writings of Mr. Zappa.
RIP you magnificent genius.
Andy Warhol - reading about his life, seeing documentaries on this man, and knowing of his contributions to the world, I consider Mr.Warhol the
epitome of The American Dream. Hard work, imagination and perseverance is what made the great things of America, great. Mr.Warhol is proof of this.
RIP you beautiful man.
N.J. Public School Teachers - not to sound like I'm full of myself, but thanks to dedicated teaching professionals I am usually the most well-read
and well-rounded person in the room I'm in. and that is because I was lucky enough to have excellent schoolteachers in my youth, here in The Garden
John Waters - IMHO America's finest filmmaker. Mr.Waters showed the spirit of artistic integrity, creativity & imagination, and a genius flair for
exposing social shackles from a very young age. Over the years Waters' catalog has grown wonderfully and delighted millions as he went from a young
rebellious king of the offensive to a sought-after Hollywood icon. I've loved Mr.Waters works since i was a very young man, and I'm glad that he
continues to put out films, books, art and interviews that are as entertaining and relevant as ever. I consider Waters to be one of the most important
cultural gifts America shares with the world; he is genius refined.
my nephew, Tommy - Tom took the time to visit me almost every day for well over a year and slowly, patiently and carefully lead this old horse to
drink from the cool stream waters of truth. as I drank deeply of my nephew's knowledge my eyes slowly began to open to so many things I was ignorant
about. Tom changed my life and made me a better person, one who is awake, aware, and prepared for come what may. Tom is also the reason I come to ATS
every day. if i ever hit the lottery Tom will spend the rest of his life doing whatever the heck he wants to; i'll see to it. Tom took the time to
reach out and care; that is A Great American.
thank you for taking the time, too.