Saturday, February 26, 2011

history in the repeating and in the making

Our Sunday Special for this week is inspired by my trip to the gym yesterday. I flipped around on the TV for a bit and found one of my very favorite films "The Adventures of Robin Hood" with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

I am of the opinion that the Robin Hood story is such an enduring legend because it is based on a grass-roots revolution, the likes of which the oppressed are always stirring for. Yesterday over at 17seconds there was a quote featured by his old politics teacher that "Riots are the ballot box of the poor". I would further argue that if there are masses which are poor it is often due to oppression and these explosions of riots and revolutions we are seeing around the world at this very dynamic moment in history are the oppressed standing up against their tyrants much in the same way the Anglo-Saxons rose up against the Normans. As much progress as we humans make, we are very cyclical in our behaviors and our history and present always have very much in common if we know where to look.

"Robin Hood and Maid Marian" - Performed by Estampie (composed: Anonymous)

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