"Hell is paved with good intentions." - Cicero

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Shrove/Fat Tuesday

"I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day."
- Ray Nagin (Mayor of New Orleans)

Shrove Tuesday is not just about eating pączki. Shrove Tuesday is actually a celebration of fat people everywhere. Now, I know that fat people have a certain stigma in society today, but being fat can be one of the most uplifting experiences of a lifetime.

Technically, anyone who has extra flab is fat. It's that simple. Now, being comfortable with that is what's important. Many people in the world today are overweight and go into deep depression because of it. Why not lose weight? Your appearence, like it or not, defines who you are. It defines what you are comfortable with. People can change their appearences to suit whatever they need, so being depressed about your appearence and not using it as a fulcrum to change your life is truly something to be sad about.

Shrove Tuesday is a celebration of being comfortable with yourself. Never mind its theological and historical significance. Shrove Tuesday, just like all other holidays in this country, has been commercialized to the point where its meaning has changed. Just like how Christmas was a celebration of the birth of Christ—now it's a celebration of charity. Shrove Tuesday has taken on a bigger meaning.

Shrove Tuesday is not just about pączki, either. Pączki are just one of the traditions carried over from the holiday's old ways. The same relationship applies to Christmas and the Christmas Tree; does everyone celebrate with this tradition? No, of course not. You can eat whatever you want on Shrove Tuesday, just as long as you're comfortable with it. The point is to be aware of being comfortable with yourself. That's the true meaning of Shrove Tuesday.

With this in mind, I leave you with one final thought:

1 Comments:

Anonymous Amanda said...

I don't like my appearance, yet I do make an effort to change it but it fails. Grr. Oh well. I'm not uber depressed about it. Unless people point it out. Then shit happens. Heh.

10:38 PM

 

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