The Peasant Mentality

"It’s classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master’s carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields. You know you’re a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit. Whatever the master does, you’re on board. When you get frisky, he sticks a big cross in the middle of your village, and you spend the rest of your life praying to it with big googly eyes. Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad. A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger. And that’s what we’ve got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish… "
- Matt Taibbi 

The Hill of Crosses

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At first I thought it was an abandoned movie set, something left over from Van Helsing, but nay! Although the reasons for it’s origins remains unknown, locals believe the tradition of leaving hand-made wooden crosses in the area pre-dates Christianity. Local lore held that anyone who left a cross standing on the hill would be a lucky man. The tradition still holds today, although, many now leave their hand-carved crosses as a symbol of religious devotion. Estimates put the number of crosses at more than 200,000 back in 2006.

I’d love to go there, snatch the jazziest cross I could find, and then feel guilty about it for years afterward.



http://www.sacredsites.com/europe/lithuania/lithuania.html