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Monday, October 10, 2005

Happy Columbus day

Today is the observed holiday for Columbus day. Columbus day is a holiday of mixed feelings for me, nowadays when I think about it I picture Vince Vaughn standing at the alter in "Old School" saying: "Well, Columbus wasn't looking for America, my man, but that turned out to be pretty okay for everyone."

If it weren't for Columbus nobody would be here (America) right now, but at the same time because of Columbus the Aztec and Mayan cultures were essentially eradicated. Because of Columbus the native American people were persecuted and subjugated to near extinction. Because of Columbus Spanish Missionaries brutally converted two continents to Christianity. But also because of Columbus I can sit here and bitch about what Columbus did.

I doubt that Columbus intended for what happened to happen, so you can't really blame the man for doing what he did. He thought he was furthering knowledge, he proved the Earth wasn't flat, he expanded the world view of what the planet really is, human beings did the rest.

So maybe I mixed feelings with what it means to be human than with what Columbus's discover did to the world.