Monday, November 05, 2007

Remember, Remember...

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
Gunpowder Treason and plot ;
I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
'Twas his intent.
To blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God's providence he was catch'd,
With a dark lantern and burning match
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip Hoorah !
Hip hip Hoorah !
A penny loaf to feed ol'Pope,
A farthing cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down,
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar,'
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head,
Then we'll say: ol'Pope is dead.

-- British Nursery Rhyme

I'd like to wish all of the anarchists out there a Happy Guy Fawkes Night! I believe that this is one of the coolest days of the year. Now, 365 days ago, I wrote explaining the history of this day and my own personal experience. Today, I'm going to talk about what it means to me.

While Guy Fawkes Night had it's origins as a method of sticking it to the Catholic Rebels, I believe today it has evolved to have the exact opposite meaning. Today is a day about rebellion. It is a day about the little Guy that could. It is about the individual breaking down the establishment. It is about freedom.

Today is about speaking out against the injustices of our time and doing your part to make a difference and believe me, there are all sorts of injustices going on around us, women aren't getting paid the same as men, blacks still aren't allowed in some country clubs, Middle Eastern countries are invaded for oil, the planet is suffering and politicians do nothing, the poor constantly get poorer, the press are either lied to or are busy lying to us, and really that's not that different that Catholics being treated unfairly in 17th Century Europe.

While Mr. Fawkes' methods may not have been the most efficient, it does not change the validity of his message. Things weren't fair and he didn't want to take it anymore, and you know what? They still aren't fair...

Until next time,


1 comment: said...

I have read most of them and got a lot from them. To me, you are doing the great work.