Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Real Mother's Day...

Chaos has long suspected that Mother's Day (and Father's Day as well, for that matter) are simply degraded "hallmark holidays" that benefit primarily the floral and greeting card industries by taking advantage of human herding behavior (google it) and inertia, while sucking the meaning out of the whole enterprise. Here's the real history of mother's brief, this started out in the late 1800's as a way of protesting inhuman working conditions, morphed slightly into an antiwar event, then gradually declined into yet another commercial holiday. The piece contains a recommendation to support the Ploughshares Fund, either monetarily or by signing an online request to rid the planet of nuclear weapons. Try that one on for size, instead of a purchased bauble or cheaply bought sentiment. Though it may be ultimately futile, it least it won't be supporting a deeply corrupt and exploitative system.

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