Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day

To celebrate Columbus Day or to not celebrate Columbus Day - that is question we have to deal with every single year. I don't particularly remember the controversy as a child, but he seems to have become one of the more polarizing figures in History. I mean, there was an episode of the Sopranos that dealt with the issue. It doesn't matter much for me personally, because I'll be at the office all day. That being said, there are valid points for each side of the argument.

Anti Columbus Day Supporters Point to:
  • He technically didn't discover the Western World
  • He actually screwed up, he was looking for India
  • He wasn't particularly kind to the indigenous peoples

Pro Columbus Day Supporters Point to:

  • A day of off work for many
  • Various movie marathons on TBS, TNT, etc
  • Excellent sales on furniture, mattresses, and appliances
I haven't been able to decide if I am pro or anti Christopher Columbus. The reason is that I haven't been able to see enough evidence that the various Columbus Day sales make a large enough positive impact to have long lasting effects on the economy. Further, while these movie marathons are typically entertaining, it encourages a sedentary lifestyle that contributes to obesity and drives up health care costs.

Here's to another day of not being able to take a stance on an important issue. Cheers.


  1. This is not funny. Agnosticism is just as valid as any other belief system.

  2. Of course Agnosticism is valid. I wouldn't take time to write about it if it wasn't.

  3. Agnosticism may be valid or it may not... it can't be proved either way.

    I'm taking the safe bet and going wit it the way Pascal would have. (...and we all know how well thought out his argument was.)

  4. I can't decide whether to be agnostic or not.... New Agnostic can you help??