Posted by: Jeff | November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Day, 1934

From Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, November 15, 1934.

During the past year we have been given the courage and fortitude to meet the problems which have confronted us in our national life. Our sense of social justice has deepened. We have been given vision to make new provisions for human welfare and happiness, and in a spirit of mutual helpfulness we have cooperated to translate vision into reality. More greatly have we turned our hearts and minds to things spiritual. We can truly say, “What profiteth it a nation if it gain the whole world and lose its own soul.”

I’m not sure those words apply quite so thoroughly now as they did then. For one thing, there doesn’t appear to be much of a national “we” at the moment. Though I wonder if there ever really is.

At any rate, at least the words sort of apply. And that’s something to be thankful for.


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