A related diary looked at the metrics of food and energy costs as a preconditions and/or predictors of civil unrest and revolution, different institutions having tracked the numbers as about 40% of total income per person and/or the population at large. Math can be useful as a predictor; most of us love charts and graphs that illustrate what we need to know to drive a point home.
But numbers and statistics can be sticky wickets, inaccurate models, leaving out the intangibles that may be even more causative drivers of events and major changes; these are far harder to track by their very nature. And yet, I’m about to give it a go, as absurd as it seems even to me. Up front I’ll admit to my belief that Americans just aren’t like other people; sorry for the bias, but…there it is.
Today is the eighth and final day of Chanukah, the celebration of the successful revolt of the Maccabees over Antiochus IV’s Syrian-Greek armies and the subsequent re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which they believed had been profaned by the occupiers. The stories say that upon entering the Temple, the Maccabees discovered that there was only one remaining flask of ‘uncontaminated’ oil for the menorah, yet it miraculously lasted for the eight nights needed to purify more oil.
He’s a 94-year-old life-long Nebraskan, and I’d have to guess that he’s voted mostly Republican all his life.
He just stayed with us for three days in The Great Nebraska-Colorado Father Schlep (grin) my husband and his sister executed so doggedly and well. We had a really good time together, if you can believe any of us (another grin)… Even one evening’s contretemps resulted in a more honest and open connection, coming face to face with old grievances and whatnot, and I think we enhanced our mutual love and respect.