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Sunday, September 7, 2008

America Drinks

Thoreau lived for a time on Staten Island, tutoring the nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Transcendentalism was a philosophy Thoreau picked up from Emerson and he ran with it, making it his own and becoming strict in his beliefs that society was an anathema. He rejected all forms of authority. This is in line with birth order research, which indicates that lastborns are the most rebellious. The fact is, however, that his ideas have fallen by the wayside. Americans accept authority with a devotion that rises to the level of religious fanaticism. They buy into whatever they're spoon fed by multinational corporations, which haven't got the least bit of care about them. They drink sugar as if it were manna from heaven; in their coffee, soda, and juices. They are marching to the beat of another man's drum and they will blithely march off the cliff to their doom because the taste is sweet, they've bought in to a failed philosophy, and they are blind.

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