Hi, guys. So sorry for lying down on the job, but hey - I was lying down. You may or may not have to work today on account of a great leader and/or Confederate soldier of your Southern state's choosing. Luckily I have the day off, but if I still feel this crummy in the a.m. I'mma call in and take another day 'cause DAMN. Cooties. Sludgy vile mucus-producing cooties. (Just a note for the bossly who always tells us to stay home rather than infect the others in the office: probably shoulda thought of that before you hauled in to work with a fever last week. Grr.)
Anyway, it is the federal holiday honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was pretty badass and all that. Being a relatively new holiday, it went for the longest avoiding the inevitable commercialism that comes with these things. Up until now we never heard the cry, "Free at last, free at last - buy two suits and get three shirts free at last!" But hey, time marches on and we just love to buy shit. I'll just throw a little *tsk,tsk* in here for all that.
Anyways, the deal with MLK was that he wanted people to be cool with each other, and thought it was especially important because we were all sharing the world even a little closer. Even in 1968, the man had a clue (and just gloss over the God bit if it bothers you - he was okay with different beliefs, too):
Now it is true that the geographical oneness of this age has come into being to a large extent through modern man’s scientific ingenuity. Modern man through his scientific genius has been able to dwarf distance and place time in chains. And our jet planes have compressed into minutes distances that once took weeks and even months. All of this tells us that our world is a neighborhood.
Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.
So that's the deal for the thinkness today. Good morning Whitenoisers. May the spirit of brotherhood be with you. Even if you want to wring somebody out for giving you the übersniffles.