Every generation re-invents what is "traditional".... I don't see why
anyone would begrudge we "crass Americans" our fun at the Highland
games. We are, most of us, many generations from our ancestors.
The point is simply that ANY connection we feel... Any cultural heritage
we can relate to... is good. We've been accused of lacking roots, we
Americans. A large number of us are the decendants not of one culture,
but of many. One of my great grandmothers was Irish. Another was
a Russian, and Jewish. To which culture do I belong? Neither. I 'm a
child and a product of both.
My background isn't unusual for an American. If we seem to do things in
ways the purists don't approve of... They're likely to accuse us of
loosing our True Heritage. If that's the case... Perhaps we should be
ENCOURAGED to try finding it again. At any rate, the Highland games are
nothing to rant against. They're many peoples beginings in the hunt for
who they are.
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