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I posted a cartoon earlier today and soon after got a notification from Facebook that it had been removed for violating their Community Standards policy. While I was surprised at the time, I guess I shouldn’t have been. In a way, it simply proved my point.

Attributed to Abraham Lincoln, though disputed, is the quote, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Other than the fact that I myself an am immigrant – twice… once to Canada and then once to the United States –  and that it upsets my sense of what’s right and what’s wrong, I guess it doesn’t make any difference to me. It never has. I come from a family of nomads, gypsies. If we didn’t like our present situation or could better ourselves, we moved on. Now that I’ve got this fifth wheel trailer, it’s even easier.

For the most part, I have stopped politicizing. I seem to be part of a dying breed. It’s not up to me or my age group any longer. It’s the younger ones now who vote for the direction they want this country to take. It’s the millenials, the snowflakes, the BLMs, those who believe ‘diversity’ is wonderful but struggle to choose a rest room. They all vote.

The Background: “The Camel’s Nose”

I first heard this story when I lived in Ottawa, Canada which meant it was before I turned sixteen. The story seems to have entered English usage in the mid-1800’s and is purported to be an old Arab fable.

“One cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a Camel thrust the flap of the tent aside, and looked in.

“I pray thee, master,” he said, “let me put my head within the tent, for it is cold without.”

“By all means, and welcome,” said the Arab; and the Camel stretched his head into the tent.

“If I might but warm my neck, also,” he said, presently.

“Put your neck inside,” said the Arab. Soon the Camel, who had been turning his head from side to side, said again:—

“It will take but little more room if I put my fore legs within the tent. It is difficult standing without.”

“You may also put your fore legs within,” said the Arab, moving a little to make room, for the tent was very small.

“May I not stand wholly within?” asked the Camel, finally. “I keep the tent open by standing as I do.”

“Yes, yes,” said the Arab. “I will have pity on you as well as on myself. Come wholly inside.”

So the Camel came forward and crowded into the tent. But the tent was too small for both.

“I think,” said the Camel, “that there is not room for both of us here. It will be best for you to stand outside, as you are the smaller; there will then be room enough for me.”

And with that he pushed the Arab a little, who made haste to get outside the tent.

It is a wise rule to resist the beginnings of evil.”

The Offensive Cartoon:

It might be an irony that the cartoon that Facebook found offensive did not deal with North America, although the principle does.

It’s okay for me, I have my own forum and I use Facebook to further it. I can still publish the cartoon. For everyone else, please re-read Mr Lincoln’s statement, above.

 

 

While watching an Australian television program on American PBS out of Pensacola Florida, I learned this little Hebrew children’s lullaby, Raisins and Almonds”.

Lyrics:

To my little one’s cradle in the night,

Comes a little goat snowy and white,

The goat will trot to the market,

While mother her watch does keep,

Bringing back raisins and almonds,

Sleep my little one sleep.

 

To my little one’s cradle in the night,

Comes a little goat snowy and white,

The goat will trot to the market,

While father’s watch does keep,

Bringing back raisins and almonds,

Sleep my little one sleep.

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