Great article! You detailed well, and with considerable restraint, the subjugation of feminizing forces of intuitive pagan religion Patrick is associated with via Christianity, the crushing of the snake a symbol. Since a judgmental, patriarchal view of the world with its fear of nature and fear of emotion and the unknown threatens to ruin, rape and destroy everything beautiful, worthwhile and vulnerable on this Earth with its agenda of male dominated brutality, domination and fascism, your resistance of the absurd St Patrick’s Day customs is quite appropriate. I agree. It’s too bad we celebrate Columbus, too, a man who began a legacy of full out genocide against a native people (our own foreign policies right in line with this), in the name of domination and profit. I see Patrick crushing the snake as an emblem of the bully, the coward. Quite aligned with US policy. His real story is probably more innocent; he was just a man embedded in a historical process marching towards the true crisis of humanity we now face. It was good to discover your article, voice of sanity, and emotional connection to nature and life. Thank you.