I have had a long running interest and appreciation for Irish culture. Why? I don’t know, but there is something magical about the culture, music, and landscape. Maybe I was Irish in a past life.
One of my favorite things to think about is how traditional Irish culture has diversified in too so many different and beautiful things. From bluegrass music and tap dance in the United States to the Afro Celt Sound System, I love and admire the great adaptive power of culture and people. Our growth and change only adds more depth to our complex and already rich history.
We like to think of culture as a stagnant brick house, solid but also unflinching. Yet the greatest strength of culture is its adaptability, its capacity to mix in the new with the old and to create something equally as great. There is room for all of this glorious innovation, a process that is found often in nature itself.
Today we celebrate Ireland and the glorious inspirations that have come out of her rich cultural depths.