A Belated St. Patrick’s Day Rant: How We’re Doing It Wrong and How I’d Fix It

Either way, they’re probably doing it wrong.
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Okay, this probably should have gone up last week when it was relevant, but I saved it for now because A) last week’s article was much more important to me on an emotional and ideological level, B) I kind of want to see how many people are up to the idea of employing the changes I’m about to suggest to next year, and C) after last week’s article, I’m still emotionally drained and need something more lighthearted and shorter to take the pressure off.

So, as some of you may know, I take some amount of joy in my heritage – Scottish on my mother’s side; Irish on my Father’s. So, I actually enjoy St. Patrick’s Day when it comes around and appreciate the significance of the holiday.

That said, it bothers me that we seem to be celebrating it wrong.

There’s a long list of misconceptions about St. Paddy’s day that I could rattle off, but I want to focus on one in particular – the heavy drinking.

Now, I’m not a prudish, tea drinker by any means. I enjoy the occasional “drop of the crayther” and my favorite way to close an evening is a combination of Midori, Absinthe and Ginger Ale. But getting three sheets to the wind isn’t just irresponsible; it’s disrespectful to be doing on a high holy day. Hell, I’m not even religious and I’m offended.

For the uninitiated, St. Patrick’s day is commonly accepted as the day of the death of Maewyn Succat, AKA; Saint Patrick. As such, it is traditionally a more somber day of remembrance and bars and pubs would close out of respect for the tradition of abstaining from alcohol for the day in his honor.

Obviously, no one is going to want to give up a rowdy celebration full of drinking and revelry. To that end, I propose a middle ground.

During St. Patrick’s Day, we could observe the day in the traditional manner as a day of temperance. However, when the clock strikes midnight, we close the day with a HUGE celebration I call Finnegan’s Wake (named after the folk ballad). We would end the day of temperance with a night of unbridled revelry. The idea is balance.

So what do you think? Would you enjoy a change like this? Let me know what you think. If you like this idea, share it with your friends and let’s see if we can make this happen next year.

The Power of (Justified) Anger

Normally, I’d add a witty remark, but this serves the purpose of setting the theme all on its own.
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While looking for weird things online to comment on, I found this article on The Huffington Post where a man conducts an amazing experiment in social behavior. Countless people confronted him and gave him a thorough dressing down for wearing a placard that read “F*** The Poor”, but not one stopped to help his cause when he changed his sign to read “Help The Poor.”

This, to me, illustrates an uncomfortable aspect of our society and in human psychology; we are much more likely to act on anger than on kindness.

We all know that it’s wrong that so many people who work hard to make ends meet and fail or want to work hard and aren’t given the opportunity exist, but it seems that it’s only when people are somehow directly offended by it that they are motivated to do something about it.

Now, this is a problem because it means that true altruism becomes a rarity within a society. In addition, anger is a force that is very difficult to turn off once it has been started and can become toxic when left unchecked.

However, it doesn’t take much effort to see that many changes for the better came as a result of the wrath and frustration of others. Women’s rights have made leaps and bounds because one group of 68 women (and the 32 men that supported them) were sick of not having the comforts and rights of men. Racial and ethnic minorities became more recognized when they called out their oppressors.

Obviously, I’m not saying that everyone should riot in the streets over the injustices that we face today. I am saying, however, that it seems that being angry enough at a problem to want change it is a necessary phase; messy and undesirable as it maybe.

To put it in the geekiest terms I can muster, the movie Network was right; before any change for the better can happen, you have to be mad enough to say, “I’m a human being, Goddamn it! My Life has Value!