Daughters of the American Revolution: a patriotic society of women descended from Americans of the Revolutionary period, organized in 1890
I will receive no applause, acclamation, nor much readership by sharing this. Nonetheless, I will do it to promote the sanity of our species and grant peace on Earth a chance to give goodwill to men.
No one is special.
When we started believing some people were special, it opened the Pandora’s box brought about by the belief in equality. For if all men are created equal, and we have found some men to be special, therefore, aren’t all men (and women) special?
From that position, we developed the doctrine of uniqueness—“there’s no one exactly like me.”
“I am a daughter of the American Revolution…”
…which actually means that many generations back, your great-great-great-great grandmother had sexual intercourse with a revolutionary man who was about to be hung by the British Empire.
Because that particular revolution panned out pretty well, I am allowed to feel proud of my old Grandma, and even to assert that I have maintained a drop or two of “special blood” through the process.
Let us not even consider the reality of mutations.
Because a study of DNA immediately informs us that talents, character and attributes are not transferable in entirely through the double-helix.
But as long as we can convince ourselves that we’re special, we might just feel a little better about how mediocre our lives have seemingly turned out to be.
Of course, I’m not nearly as special if you’re special, too.
A debate on who or what might be more special seems childish. So to be special, I must insist that you are ordinary, or even cursed by birth.
So it may appear noble to be a Daughter of the American Revolution, but since you weren’t there, didn’t sew any new flags, or put bandages on amputated limbs, you must understand that it just doesn’t mean shit.