12 August 2009
Keep Calm and Carry On
Perilous times call for meaningful messages. I spotted this particular directive on a t-shirt worn by an exceptionally thoughtful and intelligent human being and it got me thinking. I "bing-ed" the phrase and found out all sorts of interesting things about it's intended usage. A synopsis from the Wiki page goes something like this... In the early days of WWII, the British Ministry of Information under King George VI decided that the People needed a word of resolve to keep their spirits up. This was one of a series of posters designed to remind the British People to continue being British. The first poster, which was the most widely distributed, was printed with, "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory". The second, a little less certain..."Freedom is in Peril". Then, reserved as a sort of worst-case scenario in the event the Nazis succeeded in overrunning the United Kingdom like rats, we have our phrase of the day, "Keep Calm and Carry On". Wow. Now THAT is a stiff upper lip. I mean absolutely no disrespect to the British, but in the event of a Nazi takeover of my homeland, I would SO go with a different approach. I mean calm is great, you can stay calm, that would be advisable, but to just sort of "carry on"? Here is where I feel a different course of action might be wise. You see, when Nazis, or, say Socialists, for that matter...take over your land, you might want to do something a little out of the ordinary.
I definitely see signs of this taking place all over the Colonies at this point. Town hall meetings devolving into shouting matches, tempers flare at the drop of a hat... Ok, maybe panic and freak out is NOT the best advice. But, if we don't do SOMETHING to stop the runaway train that is careening us at top speed towards bigger and bigger government, we will be wearing a different t-shirt....