Thursday, November 23, 2006

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER BY WM. S. BURROUGHS



And from another great American writer:
Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for - annually, not oftener - if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man's side, consequently on the Lord's side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.

-Mark Twain

(thanks to Julbug for the Twain quote)

6 Comments:

Blogger Pinky Royale said...

This is probably the best prayer ever, the first time I read it I was in awe. I read one year, maybe my junior (?) year in high school, at our family Thanksgiving. Needless to say, it didn't go over well.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Pinky Royale said...

The Burroughs one, I mean. Mark Twain humped dead babies. And not in a good way.

7:24 PM  
Blogger J. Herzog said...

Pinky, Mark Twain's ghost is gonna crawl out of his grave and make a witheringly ironic mock-pompous statement about you that'll make you eat your ignorant words...

11:34 PM  
Blogger Pinky Royale said...

He isn't Jesus. There will be no resurrection followed by canabalism and blood drinking. I fear no corpse.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Uncle Jesse said...

that burroughs video is beautiful. thank you for posting that.

8:04 AM  
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10:46 AM  

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