Thanksgiving - Do You Realize?

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    Nov 26, 2015 2:55 AM GMT
    I wanted to post something for Thanksgiving but wasn't sure what. Then suddenly one of my favorite songs came into my head. I have a hard time listening to this song without crying because it makes me think of all the people I've lost and people living that I haven't told how special they are to me. The lyrics are a reminder to pause and realize that everyone must live life for today since tomorrow is not guaranteed. We shouldn't put off telling the people around us that we love them or recognizing the beauty and good in the mundane of everyday life. Life is fragile and we have no idea when our journey will end or the journey of the people closest to us.

    So I hope the lyrics below might inspire you to thank those around you who you might take for granted and let them know how important they are to you.


    The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?

    Do you realize...that you have the most beautiful face?
    Do you realize...we're floating in space?
    Do you realize...that happiness makes you cry?
    Do you realize...that everyone you know someday will die?

    And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
    You realize that life goes fast
    It's hard to make the good things last
    You realize the sun doesn't go down
    It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

    Do you realize?, oh, oh, oh
    Do you realize...that everyone you know
    Someday will die?

    And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
    You realize that life goes fast
    It's hard to make the good things last
    You realize the sun doesn't go down
    It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

    Do you realize...that you have the most beautiful face?
    Do you realize?

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • badbug

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    Nov 26, 2015 3:02 AM GMT


    So, so, so many people...

    Have gotten annoyed with me for playing that song at parties. I loved nothing more than to get drunk and high and belt it out at a bunch of people wondering why "this depressing shit" was on.


    One of my favourite songs ever.
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    Nov 26, 2015 3:18 AM GMT
    i almost cried just reading the lyrics. icon_cry.gif Beautiful song.. and not depressing at all, rather poignant. At a party… meh.. LOL..
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    Nov 26, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    This is my favorite Thanksgiving tribute. It has appeared in The Wall Street Journal every Thanksgiving since 1962. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Any one whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.

    This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.

    And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.

    So the visitor returns thankful for much of what he has seen, and, in spite of everything, an optimist about what his country might be. Yet the visitor, if he is to make an honest report, must also note the air of unease that hangs everywhere.

    For the traveler, as travelers have been always, is as much questioned as questioning. And for all the abundance he sees, he finds the questions put to him ask where men may repair for succor from the troubles that beset them.

    His countrymen cannot forget the savage face of war. Too often they have been asked to fight in strange and distant places, for no clear purpose they could see and for no accomplishment they can measure. Their spirits are not quieted by the thought that the good and pleasant bounty that surrounds them can be destroyed in an instant by a single bomb. Yet they find no escape, for their survival and comfort now depend on unpredictable strangers in far-off corners of the globe.

    How can they turn from melancholy when at home they see young arrayed against old, black against white, neighbor against neighbor, so that they stand in peril of social discord. Or not despair when they see that the cities and countryside are in need of repair, yet find themselves threatened by scarcities of the resources that sustain their way of life. Or when, in the face of these challenges, they turn for leadership to men in high places—only to find those men as frail as any others.

    So sometimes the traveler is asked whence will come their succor. What is to preserve their abundance, or even their civility? How can they pass on to their children a nation as strong and free as the one they inherited from their forefathers? How is their country to endure these cruel storms that beset it from without and from within?

    Of course the stranger cannot quiet their spirits. For it is true that everywhere men turn their eyes today much of the world has a truly wild and savage hue. No man, if he be truthful, can say that the specter of war is banished. Nor can he say that when men or communities are put upon their own resources they are sure of solace; nor be sure that men of diverse kinds and diverse views can live peaceably together in a time of troubles.

    But we can all remind ourselves that the richness of this country was not born in the resources of the earth, though they be plentiful, but in the men that took its measure. For that reminder is everywhere—in the cities, towns, farms, roads, factories, homes, hospitals, schools that spread everywhere over that wilderness.

    We can remind ourselves that for all our social discord we yet remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators. Being so, we are the marvel and the mystery of the world, for that enduring liberty is no less a blessing than the abundance of the earth.

    And we might remind ourselves also, that if those men setting out from Delftshaven had been daunted by the troubles they saw around them, then we could not this autumn be thankful for a fair land.
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    Nov 26, 2015 4:03 PM GMT
    Thanksgiving Day in the good ol' USA!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qzULSPmmXgs

    Thanksgiving Day under Sharia law:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jtCnIAjsKt8

    God bless America! And a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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    Nov 26, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting these videos, UndercoverMan. Saw the Rockettes perform at the Fox Theater in Detroit, wonderful show featuring very talented ladies. The second video, chilling & sad.
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    Nov 26, 2015 6:37 PM GMT
    Today, instead of Thanksgiving with family, I have two FriendsGAYvings. I am blessed!
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    Nov 26, 2015 9:28 PM GMT
    badbug said

    So, so, so many people...

    Have gotten annoyed with me for playing that song at parties. I loved nothing more than to get drunk and high and belt it out at a bunch of people wondering why "this depressing shit" was on.


    One of my favourite songs ever.



    I'd be pissed off too cause I'd be in a corner crying. icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 26, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    Hey there Mr. T. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!
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    Here's wishing a bone for you today...
    I too love this song and it couldn't come at a better time.
    Last Sat. we were at a close friend's wake.. Sudden death due to some returning cancer issues. Quick and dirty,, gone before we could even prepare for the loss.
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    My pal, Corky. Beautiful man, amazing soul, gone too soon.

    *tears*

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    Nov 27, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    badbug said

    So, so, so many people...

    Have gotten annoyed with me for playing that song at parties. I loved nothing more than to get drunk and high and belt it out at a bunch of people wondering why "this depressing shit" was on.


    One of my favourite songs ever.


    I agree with you that it is a good song, & not depressing, but I do get why the sheep... Oops, I meant why the majority of party goer's complain that it's depressing. I think it's more that it's realistic, & scares them, especially sings that mention how fast life is, lol. ( just to clarify, I'm not against all thinks liked by mass population, or anything. It's just when I notice people saying things that " everyone else says " or does, & just following without stopping to think if their interest is genuine.
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    Nov 27, 2015 5:22 AM GMT
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    I too love this song and it couldn't come at a better time.
    Last Sat. we were at a close friend's wake.. Sudden death due to some returning cancer issues. Quick and dirty,, gone before we could even prepare for the loss.
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    My pal, Corky. Beautiful man, amazing soul, gone too soon.

    *tears*




    Oh my God......I'm so sorry about your friend. And not that it matters, but he's ridiculously handsome too. icon_cry.gif
  • David3K

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    Nov 27, 2015 4:44 PM GMT
    We don't celebrate that over here, and honestly I dont see what is there to celebrate, but regardless of the date your sentiment is good and I share it
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    Nov 27, 2015 10:10 PM GMT
    David666K saidWe don't celebrate that over here, and honestly I dont see what is there to celebrate, but regardless of the date your sentiment is good and I share it



    Well, the U.S. isn't exactly a third world country. We have countless things to be thankful for. And it's nice to have at least one day a year where people gather together to be thankful for what we have.
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    Nov 27, 2015 11:05 PM GMT
    Radd said
    David666K saidWe don't celebrate that over here, and honestly I dont see what is there to celebrate, but regardless of the date your sentiment is good and I share it



    Well, the U.S. isn't exactly a third world country. We have countless things to be thankful for. And it's nice to have at least one day a year where people gather together to be thankful for what we have.


    Sure and 2 days later its black friday icon_lol.gif makes sense!

    Anyways by saying I'm "not sure whats there to celebrate" I was referring to the native americans genocide, I don't see how that's a reason to celebrate anything.

    And you probably dont know but the same happened in Uruguay, settlers here exterminated native americans, even it's a historical fact nowadays no one really consider it a genocide, just dont think about it, but it was, and it's the reason we don't have native blood.
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    Nov 27, 2015 11:12 PM GMT
    David666K said
    Radd said
    David666K saidWe don't celebrate that over here, and honestly I dont see what is there to celebrate, but regardless of the date your sentiment is good and I share it



    Well, the U.S. isn't exactly a third world country. We have countless things to be thankful for. And it's nice to have at least one day a year where people gather together to be thankful for what we have.


    Sure and 2 days later its black friday icon_lol.gif makes sense!

    Anyways by saying I'm "not sure whats there to celebrate" I was referring to the native americans genocide, I don't see how that's a reason to celebrate anything.



    I agree. But no one alive today had any say in that. I don't think anyone is celebrating the slaughter of the Native Americans but rather what we all have to be thankful of.

    And yeah, Black Friday is simply a day when stores offer huge discounts. I have never been to a Black Friday event because I hate shopping even under normal circumstances.