A couple of things to celebrate on this day of your Lord and Savior’s (the nation-state) most sacred of holy days:
Another book: Myths America Lives By.
Perhaps, the most important book of the three: Blood Sacrifice and The Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag. (Seriously, stellar scholarly study, yet very accessible.)
And, finally, the song below. Which is, perhaps, one of my favorite love ballads of all time that genuinely discusses, so poetically, the heartbreak that follows unrequited love. And, yes, about 70% of the images, and some of the lyrics, are far too reactionary to be of much interest, but still . . . don’t most love songs function this way? And how can you not enjoy a band who rips you for, as they say, having “faith in an elephant and a jackass.”
You would have to be silly to be one of those people, right?
(I love the sign at 2:34–such a legitimate question.)
Sorry, it’s not much, but it may get you through the weekend.
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.