Born on this day: Winston Churchill, David Koresh, Gary Lewis (film actor), Daniel Craig
I’ll begin with a tangent, just to get it out-of-the-way, and hopefully stay focused later.
Although my first name is Eagle, I wasn’t born on the Mayan day Men (Tzikin). My sun-sign is Lamat, and I realized pretty early that Lamats and Mens get along well. More on that some other time.
Fiddler on the roof (12-Eb)
The sun-sign Men embodies physical abundance achieved effortlessly by acute vision, cooperation, good teammates, and a profound passion just for being alive and awake. On Men days the Maya give thanks to money and success in the most positive and guilt-free way possible.
For my own part, growing up in a western country, money has mostly been a negative element, almost always attached to some sort of guilt. In our childhood home, the ‘M’ word came to signify prosperity, education, culture, and a curious sense of self-betterment. Not to value money correctly, to waste it carelessly, not to appreciate the sacrifices it entails, or to aspire to live on social security and welfare – all came to mean “wrong, try again” for us.
As children to immigrants, we were expected to go to school every day and later get a good job to go to every day; a permanent job to last a healthy, 4-decade career. Our parents and family all wanted a better tomorrow for us, and the job recipe was the bona-fide, over-the-counter formulae to achieve it.
Needless to write (but I’ll go ahead anyway) today work doesn’t quite mean what it used to back in the 80’s. It really is awesome to stop and consider how much of the career world has been automated and outsourced out of existence in the last 30 years or so. It is a profound, forced (and probably organic) reform that has manifested much faster than any of the existing, traditional organizations have been able to react or adapt to.
It begs many questions regarding how prosperity should be fairly distributed between an ever-growing mass of unemployed people, made redundant by the very science and technology they themselves have realized as ‘human resource’.
Judgment + guilt free diet
Over the years, I was quite sorry to realize what hasn’t yet changed nearly as much.
As a teenager, for me to follow my father’s advice and get an engineering degree at the age of 25 meant my life as I know and love it is about to end. I saw his immigrant, foreign common sense in direct contrast to what I picked up as a native in a familiar land. I despised money as much as my parents revered it. So I had to come to terms with their sacrifices, and with the degree to which I chose not to follow their advice and offered opportunities.
I guess the Mesoamericans are not quite like that when it comes to guilt and gilt.
Bulldog, Woodstock branch
Here is Winston Churchill (6-Men) giving one of his famous speeches on November 20th 1942 (2-Imix), following the Allied victory in Egypt.
“It is perhaps the end of the beginning” (on 2-Imix)
Isn’t it funny?