Wednesday, 5 November 2008

5th November 1605

Remember, remember the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I can think of no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

Tonight is Guy Fawkes Night here in the UK it is one of the few festivals that I really enjoy - probably because all of the explosions and fireworks.

I am intrigued. Are we celebrating that he didn't blow up parliament and the king, or are we celebrating that fact that someone tried to voice their frustration, to take their stand in such a dramatic way that it give hope to all those who are down trodden.

P.S. I know the history of it, I know the religious basis of it, I know that things like that are still in this world and that really we haven't moved on in over 400 years. I feel saddened that a group of individuals felt so frustrated at their lack of power that they chose to commit an extreme act of violence and that it could have been sorted if only they had a voice.

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