GCL Phoenix 115: Talk About A Revolution (2013-03-17)
- Burster of Bubbles, Destroyer of Dreams.(Morganza)United States
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When I started composing this week's GCL, I realized that I could not let the publication date, March 17th, go unmentioned.
-o- March 17th is the birthday of Bayard Rustin, who organized the 1963 March on Washington (now most famous for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech).
-o- March 17th is the anniversary of the Battle of Badr, where the prophet Muhammad (blessings be upon him if you lean in that direction) and his forces defeated a much larger army at Mecca, gaining the respect and fear of his opponents.
-o- The US National Gallery of Art opened on March 17th, 1941.
-o- And oh yeah, March 17th is the day on which Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, died. Here in the US this is celebrated by parades, green shamrocks, and the copious consumption of bad green beer.
What do these four things have in common? Revolutionary tendencies, of course! All have to do with upsetting the existing order and bringing in the new one. (Upstarts winning battles, downtrodden classes fighting for equality, the subversive nature of the best of art, making you see things you hadn't seen before, one religion supplanting another - those snakes St. Patrick drove out of Ireland weren't reptiles, they were the symbol of the Druid priests he replaced.)
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