Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The first Mohican

James Fenimore Cooper was expelled from Yale College.
Nevertheless, he became a famous author.
Probably his best known book is titled “The last of the Mohicans” which he wrote in 1824.
A peculiar story about Indians, white settlers, drifters, trappers, English and French soldiers and women fainting constantly.
Written in an old form of English.
"When I found that the home path of the Hurons run north”, he said, “it did not need the judgement of many long years to tell that they would follow the valleys, and keep atween the waters of the Hudson and the Horican, until they might strike the springs of the Canada streams, which would lead them into the heart of the country of the Frenchers.
Yet here are we, within a short range of the Sacroon, and not a sign of a trail have we crossed!
Human natur’ is weak, and it is possible we may not have taken the proper scent.”

Those poor Indians at the time.
How skilled in English they had to get to understand what these white people were saying!

In James Fenimore Cooper’s book the last Mohican dies, killed by another Indian while trying to liberate an abducted white woman.
There is a funeral and at his grave the father of the white woman says:
“Tell them, that the Being we all worship, under different names, will be mindful of their charity; and that the time shall not be distant when we may assemble around his throne without distinction of sex, or rank, or color”.
Remarkable words to put in a book in 1824.
And of significance even today.

This year the state of California legalised gay marriage.
The second state doing so.
However, there is strong opposition.
Conservative opponents in California have arranged a referendum that takes place together with the Presidential elections.
“Proposition 8”.
If passed, the proposition would "change the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California."
A new section would be added stating "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

This means that the California voters cannot only appoint an Afro-American as the first US president, but also legalise for once and for all gay marriage.
Assembling around the throne without distinction of sex, or rank, or colour.

This is together with the companies Apple and Google.
Both are financing the opponents of “Proposition 8”.
Saying that each individual must have the freedom to marry who one wants.

More and more the USA is becoming like Europe.
Where gay marriage is a fundamental right for some time.
And where political leaders are found not in line with traditions.

James Fenimore Cooper watches us from the eternal hunting grounds and must be satisfied.


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