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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 17:57

Those of us in our late 40's and beyond remember the phrase "drink the kool-aid" well and its origins.  A crazy man named Reverend Jim Jones led a group of followers from California to Jonestown, a colony he founded in the jungles of Guyana, South America.  

 

Hundreds followed him as they idealistically sought a new world free of racism, sexism, pollution,poverty, unemployment and loneliness.  What they got was a forced taste of poison kool-aid that sent them into the next life.  Jim Jones failed to deal successfully with the disappointment, slights and indignities of this world, so he decided to kill himself and he wanted company.  His followers got the call whether they liked it or not.  At the point of a rifle men, women and children were told, "Drink the kool aid."   Hundreds died.

 

The expression, "Drink the kool-aid" has taken on a slightly different and more positive meaning over time.  Today it can be a wry way of saying, "Do what you've gotta do to get the job done."  In other words, "Pay the price and feel the pain to get where you want to go"  -- a variant of "no pain, no gain" or the Marine slogan "pain is weakness leaving the body."  ( I've heard members of the Air Force refer to Marines as "Uncle Sam's misguided youth".)

 

What does all this have to do with the men and women of Annapolis?  They're "drinking their kool-aid" so to speak, particularly during their first year when the upperclassmen + women are totally on their cases.  To get that outstanding education they receive at the Naval Academy they have to get up between 0400 and 0500 every morning to do their morning run.  During my visit in September I remember seeing a class running around the quarter-mile track and behind even the stragglers was a Midshipman named Johnson, struggling just to keep moving.  The class leader was yelling at him, "C'mon, Johnson, pick it up!  That's not running -- not even close!" Johnson was drinking his kool-aid.

 

During basic training one cold miserable late winter-morning at Ft. Dix as I was hating life and cursing my decision to enlist, a buddy brought me a tepid, raunchy, worthless plastic cup of something someone was calling coffee and smiled as he said, "C'mon, Private Hugos, drink the kool-aid."  That lousy drink was one of the steps that got me here today with its good and its bad.  That putrid cup of coffee helped get me to Italy, to England, to Annapolis and to all the friendship and camaraderie, not to mention gummint benefits.

 

In a recent post wwww12345 (http://www.millionairematch.com/blog/wwww12345_) raised an important point: When you marry someone you choose your poison because nooooo one is perfect.  Go ahead and list all the qualities you love about your significant other, but before you marry them you're smart to find out everything you can't stand.  That's what you're going to have to forgive to have a happy life together.  See, stated positively, "drinking the kool-aid" is about deciding what you're willing to forgive.  Forgiveness is that soothing balm in Gilead that makes the wounded whole.  

 

And its different from being an enabler.  It's more about acceptance of the essential truth of this  life -- we  all fall short.  There's a reason Jesus cried out to a loving God, "Forgive them, Lord,  for they know not what they do." The ability to forgive comes from being familiar with your own intractable shortcomings...and it's a relief.  "Learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest...my yoke is easy and my burden is light." 



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Posted on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 15:35

Bill,

 

So true, and some of "Rev" Jim Jones' rants are reminiscent of "sermons" given by a certain Chicago pastor who professed concern for the oppressed and contempt for America.  Just as the Carter administration curried favor with "Rev" Jones a certain high-sounding public official now in office considered the aforementioned Chicago pastor to be his "spiritual mentor".  This is definitely old-fashioned to say, but wide is the road that leads to destruction as Jim Jones' followers tragically discovered.  Better to avoid "drinking the kool-aid" by staying on the straight and narrow as President Truman did (see Deke's recent post.)  The buck stops here...

Il tuo amico, Andy



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Posted on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 07:52

I remember it as even worse than you describe it, Andy. They also murdered, in cold blood, a congressional delegation from CA. led by Rep. Jack Ryan who were down there investigating the sect; based upon concerns of the families of the members/victims; who were not members and were still living in the US.

 

That was what set off the Kool Aid incident. It is thought by many that Jim Jones never drank the Kool Aid. He was shot and killed instead by his own armed security forces who than looted the colony of all valuables and fled.

 

I am kind of amazed that Kool Aid was able to remain as a viable product after that, but then look at Tylenol. Shows you what great marketing can do and that we all have a little bit of herd mentality in us...



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Posted on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 06:07

Ciao Michelle,

 

Your encouragement is appreciated and am glad to know you enjoy reading my posts.  Mille grazie.

 

Andy



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Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 21:04

Nice post--I enjoyed reading this. Thanks! :-)


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