No, no connection. Just a couple of thoughts.
(1)Multiculturalism. I saw an event on BookTV (which was actually quite good) wherein the speaker, at one point, decried the way Americans idolize their Founding Fathers. After all, George Washington did own slaves. 'But he freed them' is not enough because he owned them in the first place.
Multiculturalism attempts to give us awareness and tolerance of other cultures. Hasn't it ever occurred to the multiculturalists that 18th and 19th Century America were other cultures as well?
(2)Carbon Footprint. I've started hearing this bandied about in relation to gasoline/oil usage with the not-so-subtle implication that the release of carbon contributes to global warming.
Life itself is mostly carbon and water. The carbon in oil is from life that existed on this planet millions and millions of years ago. That carbon was taken from the atmosphere and the earth's surface and buried underground. We're just putting it back where it came from.
If you are really worried about releasing carbon to the atmosphere, be sure you don't allow yourself to be cremated. Have a proper burial instead so that eons from now you, too, may become an energy source.
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