Friday, July 04, 2014

Conan the Cimmerian Toasts the True American Spirit

Good old Pulp Covers. This is another treat from their Google+ feed, which comes by way of the International Robert E. Howard Fan Association page.

I wish to share this with those who find the Fourth of July to be a bummer holiday. It’s true, there is such a vast, light-year wide chasm between the Great Story of America and its many sordid realities. We are, to put it mildly, disappointed, for whatever reasons, and most of them legitimate.

But I look at this John Buscema rendering of Conan the Cimmerian, with a scantily clad barbarian girl on one knee, and a cup of Something Bad for him raised in salute, I feel a stirring of the spirit that should truly inform this holiday. A spirit that says, quite bluntly, “Death to tyrants. Today we drink and celebrate one more day of being an irritant to authority—and to many more.”

You’re as free as you make yourself. Take the time out to count that which you have, and not what you think you can’t do. Stop hating on yourself. You are alive and living the tale of yet another empire. What is your part in this tale?

You’re going to die one day. Think about that, too. If you’re unhappy, there’s no time like the present to reflect upon what you’re going to do about it. 

You are going to do something about it, aren’t you?