I am delighted that we are making another connection with the mother country. The engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle proves out entirely on the plus side in my ledger. It is, in a very small sense, a political alliance between our two countries. But, in a far larger sense, it offers the opportunity of opening people’s minds a bit on the racial side.
This is important, because one British “journalist” panned the engagement, slyly stabbing that Markle, in an earlier era, “would have been the kind of woman the prince would have had for a mistress, not a wife.” If that’s not racist, what is, exactly?
Ms. Markle has not been shy in pointing out the fact that she is bi-racial, and has spoken openly about the bald-faced abuse she suffered as a child from rude children . . . and ruder adults (who ought to have known better). She seems to have an inherent grace about the way she handles herself and seems willing to continue the teaching moment, so I am chanting “Huzzah! Huzzah!” in her favor and wishing the happy couple the best. Change always comes little bit by little bit. Here’s another little bit. Bravo.
PROPORTION (AND THE LACK THEREOF)
I really don’t quite know what to make of this, but here goes. Someone just bought the Christ-like painting “Salvator Mundi” . . . for nearly a half billion dollars! What? I know, it was possibly painted by Leonardo da Vinci. I get that. But $450 million?
That the critics don’t care much for the painting is almost irrelevant. One tags its “meekness and monotony” and says that it “radiates no authority.” He said, “This Jesus, far from saving the world, might struggle to save himself a seat on a crosstown bus.” Zing.
In a way, it’s like the salaries currently paid to the best college football coaches, some nearing ten million a year. For coaching football to kids? When teachers struggle to survive, and have to reach into their own pockets to provide basic school supplies for their students (and are now threatened with losing their tax write-off for doing so) . . . what the hell is going on around here? This strikes me as moral failure.
DOGS ARE GOOD FOR YOU
We knew this already, didn’t we? Yet another scientific exploration has deduced—come on, work on stuff we don’t know!—that having Fido around the house (“Fido” comes from the Latin word for “faithful”) will help you to live a longer, happier life. This Swedish study discovered that folks who live alone live longer and cut their risk of heart disease markedly by owning a dog. “There are numerous studies showing that dog owners get more physical activity, which could help to prolong a healthy life,” said one researcher. He also posited the possibility that “exposure to a dog’s germs, fur, and slobber could also strengthen the immune system.” Who knew? Here, gimme a kiss, pooch!
MORE VEGAN NEWS
Forgot to mention this in Tuesday’s post: Oregon State researchers have created a new strain of seaweed that has three times the nutritional value of kale and, far more importantly, when cooked . . . tastes like bacon. Now we’re talkin’!
©2017 Richard Paul Hinkle