What if we change the meaning of the holiday and let it be something we can all embrace and remove all the negativity from the holiday?
That's an interesting question. There are some people who think you can take the venom out of racial slurs and repurpose or reclaim them to take on a more positive meaning. There are some people who think that colleges named after slave traders or slaveholders don't need to be renamed, that acknowledging that part of the school's history is sufficient and attempts to rename these schools would do more to "whitewash" or gloss over the history than would a "truth and reconciliation" approach.
In either case, I don't think it's fair to allow those LEAST affected by it the right to effectively decide for everyone else.
Cant even get Snyder to change the name of the damn team, you think they gon change a holiday?
The name will change. It's only a matter of time. Some people are just having a difficult time accepting the inevitable and will fight tooth and nail to forestall it for awhile. They're like George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse doorway.
Hmm I find myself delving deeper into nihilism. Nothing I do matters unfortunately.
Many of us feel that way from time to time, but I doubt you truly believe it. If what you do matters to your loved ones, if you enhance their lives in some way, then that isn't "nothing."
If, in a cosmic sense, nothing has any permanence, that doesn't necessarily mean that nothing matters. Even so: if it doesn't matter how you live, then why not live your life in a way that you personally can respect?
A nihilist wouldn't care about Columbus Day. A nihilist wouldn't care about the KKK. If nothing matters, nothing matters, right? Too often, nihilism is just a lazy rationalization for laziness. It's an easy excuse to take the easy way out.
If you find something noble or beautiful about life, live for that - and live in a way that enhances that for others and helps add beauty and meaning to their lives.
There's little more sad than seeing thoughtful people become self-defeated. The difference you make need not endure for all time to matter to others.
We're all experiencing life together. We have the power to make those experiences better for each other - and better for future generations. That's reason enough to try.