Tag: Columbus Day

Wigs, Firearms and History: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Oct. 12-16), we wrote about the gun violence debate and our collective responsibility, the Columbus Day detractors and which historical events are worth celebrating, the freedom people find when they let go of old beauty standards, an inspiring book about the art of well-being… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Breaking America’s Addiction to Guns – Irwin Kula One shoe bomb attempt and we all have to take off our shoes at the airport… A......

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Not So Fast, Columbus Critics

October 12 is Columbus Day – a day to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ 1492 arrival in the Americas. The holiday has been observed annually in the United States since the 1970s, every second Monday in October. But many are asking, should we really be celebrating this event? After all, Columbus’ arrival took a terrible toll on indigenous peoples (as did the arrival of many explorer-conquerers who followed). Anti-Columbus Day critics point out: These Europeans brought diseases, oppression, slavery, coerced conversions and a host of other tragedies to the indigenous communities they encountered. And......

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This Columbus Day, Celebrate Discovery

Columbus Day 2013 is officially observed Monday, October 14th, and like the old comedian Rodney Dangerfield used to say about himself, “it don’t get no respect” – at least not much, which is a shame.? While all but 3 states recognize this federal holiday, it has lost almost all significance to most Americans other than those of Italian descent who celebrate Christopher Columbus’ Italian heritage. That’s a shame, as there is much about the Columbus story to celebrate, whether we judge him to be a hero or a villain. There is plenty......

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