Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Laissez les Bon Temps Roulet

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone. This is the one and only honest holiday we have. Longtime Playground regulars will recall my holiday theory -- "holiday" comes from "holy day" and we use our holidays to pretend that we are honoring that which is sacred, virtuous. But really, in the way we go about the festivities of our holidays, what we are actually honoring is vice, sin. This may not be a bad thing as it provides us with social safety valves, ways and places to blow off steam and have our fun that do not hurt anyone.

That said, does building in a place for engaging in behaviors we otherwise frown upon allow catharsis, for us to get it out of our system, or does it show a tacit approval and allow it to embed itself in the cultural character?

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