Tuesday 1st December 2015

Noblesse oblige


Ron-firs-ICON-WE$B-SITE-Cousins-PicNic-IMG_3294My father was born about three months before the Wright brothers flew the first heavier than air flying machine. Not until he was over sixty years old did he ever live in a house with indoor plumbing. He grew up in southern Gibson county Indiana when it was still pretty much a wilderness. I can still find the spot where the one room school house stood, where he went to school up until half way through the third grade. Half way through the third grade, he quit school to help his father support their family by farming with mules. He told me about raising his first wife's children working from daylight to dark during the Great Depression for 50 Cents per day, while other desperate men stood in line to steal away his job if he ever was tired or sick. After the Great Depression he did farm work and oil field labor for the rest of his life, while he raised me and the other children he had with his second wife my mother.  

As a small child, I can remember that, anytime my Dad saw someone acting in an unethical or contemptible manner, he would always advise that we must not be too fast to judge them, because not everyone had had the same advantages we had enjoyed.  That was his attitude. I heard him express this for years, before I knew that this vein of thinking had a name in the French language. I was in my mid teens before I discovered this sort of thinking in books, found out it was called  noblesse oblige , and that my Dad was indeed a very noble man.


Posted by Ron Nesler from New Harmony Indiana on 03 Oct 2015

Dead People


Ron-firs-ICON-WE$B-SITE-Cousins-PicNic-IMG_3294A few days ago something reminded me of an old and close friend now long deceased. At the thought of them, I went off on a mental walk about through the past and treated myself to a fond replay of my time spent with that person and of all the quirky (and unique) features of their personality that caused me to love them and to be their friend in the first place. This was pretty pleasant, and it got me to thinking about…………….

Confederate Flag


NHW-RON-ThumbnailI was just reading an article in the Evansville Courier and Press titled SOME AMERICANS REFUSE TO GIVE UP ON CONFEDERATE FLAG  The article contained all of the normal right wing bullshit about the Civil war having nothing to do with slavery, when in point of actual fact our bloody civil war had nothing to with much of anything else except slavery. The ink was not yet dry on the Declaration of Independence, when pro and anti slavery partisans began their battle over whether we would be a slave nation or a free nation. This fight over slavery controlled almost everything we did as a nation. The pro slavery southern states refusing to go along with any national actions, unless those improvements were tied to additional protections for their "right" to own other human beings as slaves. The national struggle over slavery controlled the process of admitting new states into the union with the original thirteen states, and it sent us off to rape and pillage Mexico in 1846 in order to protect slavery. Whether to be a slave or free nation was the core struggle in our country, right up until the anti slavery forces accepted the surrender of the pro slavery forces at the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Thus ended slavery in the United States of America.

The Confederate flag is the symbol of ………………………..

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