Mr. Dario sent me a link to a video of what appears to be a most ridiculous military ceremony. And to Western eyes it does appear very silly…the announcer’s reference to “strutting peacocks” reminds us of how similar we are to other creatures. But as I thought about it, it struck me that it’s impossible to judge it without understanding its historical context and ritualistic meaning. Just think back to the Greek ceremonial soldiers with their frou-frou’s, or the Vatican guards, or even the British soldiers protecting Buckingham Palace, and their outrageously high bear-hats. How about the RCMP horse patrol? All pretty silly when one doesn’t understand the historical link.