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Thread #21038 Message #222366
Posted By: Hollowfox
03-May-00 - 02:49 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's Birthday - 81 today
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's Birthday - 81 today
Back in the Pleistocene (Vietnam War era), I was thinking of moving to Canada. I'd just visited there on a camping trip with my grandparents, and liked what I saw. I was listening to the CBC radio station from Toronto regularly (lived far enough north to do this), and so heard a less USA-centric vwesion of the world news. There seemed to be All Kinds of reasons for me to move to a beter place. (The draft was not a factor, thank heavens) Then I read Pete's "Appleseeds" article in the (then) latest issue of Sing Out!. He pointed out that it was one thing to flee the country to save your life, but if you were just leaving because you didn't like the conditions in the place you were living, well, it was like moving to a new house because your current house was dirty, rather than cleaning up the mess. I started thinking about why I wanted to move, and although I still love Canada, I've stayed here, cleaning up what messes I can. IMHO, Pete is one of those few people in the world who are as good as their world, living by their principles, whether it's comfortable to do so or not. Right there with Francis of Assisi.