Over the last 60/80 years, European and American cultures have mixed in many areas, in a literary, artistic, scientific and social exchange, which has had a big impact also on our daily lives.
Europeans are proud of their cultural roots that date back to the most ancient civilizations, but Americans are just as proud of their history.
I often happen to hear people say that America doesn’t actually have a very long history, yet I think that we Europeans have rested on the laurels of a glorious past, that goes back way too long ago to justify our pride. Points of view.
October 31st, Halloween, is just behind us and every year I hear people say and complain that it makes no sense to celebrate this date, that it means nothing for us, that it is a celebration invented by the Americans.
Regardless of whether this is true or not, I feel like asking some questions about this.
Could we live without it? Yes. Is it fun? Yes. Is it mandatory to celebrate? No.
The principles of democracy are saved!
A real all American celebration is Thanksgiving, which takes place every year on the fourth Thursday of November and practically starts the season of Christmas celebrations.
This tradition is regularly observed since 1863, when President Lincoln established it as a form of religious gratitude celebration.
The origin of Thanksgiving, however, is placed at the time of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621. The story goes that they were not very successful with the seeds they brought from England, when they arrived in America. Later, with the help of Native Americans and their advice, they managed to get very generous crops and hence the celebration of a thanksgiving to God.
Surely the gratitude of the Pilgrim Fathers was tied to a very serious matter, the survival of their families, but every day you can feel and express this feeling, even for little things.
I don’t like talking about religion or faith, because I do not have the necessary expertise, but I think that talking about spirituality is for everyone. Spirituality is not linked to the name of an entity, to rites or to dogmas.
For me, spirituality means to be moved by nature, feeling real love without judgment, finding more meaning in an embrace than in beautiful words.
I feel gratitude for all this. I would like to celebrate Thanksgiving too!
I like to think of a group of people who meet to share the reasons to be grateful for … I do not think I’m betraying my ancient European roots!
Do you remember the definition of “Pollyanna Syndrome”, the famous idiot optimism? It is not about this, it is not about losing touch with reality, but to balance the scales.
Look around, listen: what do you see, what do you hear? Only complaints. Then don’t you agree with me that focusing on things we are grateful for one day a year could only be a good habit?
Have a nice Sunday!