Called my biological father. He didn't answer so I left a message about flying out that weekend. Didn't say exactly why because neither reason involved him. Just said something about taking Uncle to our cousin's -- second or first for either of us a mystery to me -- big family birthday party.
Birthday celebrations're stupid, sure. A concept invented by previous generation as distraction or capitalism, same thing: advertisement. Newsfeed debates about far removed political issues or the NFL, reality TV. It's all contrived to keep the masses in factions. Combative and playing monopoly. Labeled, organized, and opinionated about made up things. An egotistical, materialistic public is good for enterprise and autocratic governments.
That's what birthdays do. In a small way.
But, family is important if just for the time already put in by them toward you. Gotta pay that back, at least. To those who've raised and molded us most. Both sides of mine had been there during the greatest grieving and striving periods in my life. Haven't been close with either group in a long time. Still time to try. And I needed to visit Uncle, too, or else he might have nobody. The best reason for a traditional holiday is the chance for camaraderie, anyway. Banal skepticisms and negative attitudes may feel technically correct reflections of the ever-encompassing dystopia but aren't in the end beneficial.