Became a Habit

“Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for — annually, not oftener — if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.”

Mark Twain


The Saturday Evening Post, November 26, 1921 – Illustration by Joseph C. Leyendecker

7 thoughts on “Became a Habit

    • You have a point but I’d rather not to say a word about the color of skin because I am partly white, partly black and partly native, I am what scholars call a product of “miscegenation”. And although I am a doubting Thomas I respect every religion.


    • I think slavery, Nazism, “Holy wars” and other historic failures were due to Ethnocentrism. Ethnocentric individuals judge other groups relative to their own ethnic group or culture, especially with concern for language, behavior, customs, and religion. These ethnic distinctions and subdivisions serve to define each ethnicity’s unique cultural identity.


  1. Since people are accustomed to their birth culture, it can be difficult for them to see the behaviors of people from a different culture from the viewpoint of that culture rather than from their own. That’s ethnocentrism.

    Yes, Mike, maybe is all driven by greed.


  2. All wars are economic wars. Ethnicity, patriotism, religion and the like are merely how you establish the “us and them”, muster the troops, and get the poor suckers to fight to make you rich.

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