Thank you so much for your kind and long mail. I am really glad that you are doing well and that everything is fine with you. How is the weather over there in New York? Today I was in Amsterdam, I had an appointment with my editor about our webzine. We promote Dutch films with reviews, interviews, set reports etc. Next week we’ll have the premiere - In this film I play a Judge. The movies will be sent to festivals I think. Anyway, it was fun doing it. How is your mother? We chatted for a bit over Skype recently and she seems very involved with work. Good for her!
Your sister has not yet emailed me yet since she came back from India. Hopefully she is fine and will contact me soon. Well, so far so good, have a nice weekend.
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All those histories centered on the founding fathers and the president weigh oppressively on the ordinary citizen to act. They suggest that in times of crisis we must look to someone to save us. In the revolutionary crisis: the founding fathers. In the slavery crisis: Lincoln. In the Depression: Roosevelt. In the Vietnam/Watergate crisis: Carter. And that between occasional crises everything is alright. And it is sufficient for us to be restored to that normal state. They teach us that the supreme act of citizenship is to choose among saviors by going into a voting booth every 4 years to choose between two white and well off Anglo saxon males* of inoffensive personalities and orthodox opinions. The idea of saviors has been built into the entire culture beyond politics. We learn to look to stars, leaders, experts in every field; thus surrendering our own strength, demeaning our own ability, obliterating our own selves.
Howard Zinn - A People’s History of the United States; 2003*