Friday, December 23, 2005
For the rest of us
Well, being as I am working the afternoon shift at
I got to Peter's blog, at which I read this post, to which Peter makes a strong argument to the Christian origins of America, and voices his displeasure of beliefs that are contrary to the Western concept of God. To wit, this brings two thoughts to mind.
1. Something my father told me ages ago. Don't talk about religion or politics amongst friends. Tempers flare up too much all based on belief structures. Meh.
2. Such a powerful belief structure, coupled with everything that's going on in the middle east, is becoming increasingly remeniscent of another dark element of the Christian past. Yup, I'm talking about the crusades. Can Dubya say woops yet?
With the multicultural diversity that exists within North America, our neighborhoods are becoming potential battlegrounds. All over stubborn, bullheaded beliefs. As Rufus (Chris Rock) said in Dogma, "It's better to have ideas. Changing an idea is easy. Changing a belief is trickier". Which leads me to this major idea.
One of the assimilative aspects of North American culture, is, as one yellow skinned, ten year old, cartoon boy once said, "Christmas is the time where people of all faiths come to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ". Yes, most of us celebrate Christmas in some fashion, usually dominated by the exchange of gifts. In my household, growing up, there was absolutely no relation to the actual religious significance of the birth of Christ. And our family was far from the only one.
As such, I suggest this. That we, as North Americans, celebrate Festivus. That's right, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus for the Rest of Us. A non-religious holiday, which, surprise, surprise, is December 23, which is today. As such, we are not just able to join together free of belief, but as well, we can clean the slate with the traditional "airing of grievances".
As such, here are my grievances aired.
1. To all my "friends", who have since migrated on to better things, leaving me and my friendship behind. I thought your friendship meant something, but obviously, something else meant more to you.
2. To all the creationists. Fact supports the Darwinian notion that we evolved, and disproves the Biblical notion of divine creation. Fact. As Superintendant Chalmers said, "prayer has no place [between school walls], just as fact has no place within organized religion".
3. Those people who manage, but know not how to lead. Get a clue.
Now I'm not saying to leave Christianity. For those whose faith is strong, I still suggest to follow your doctrine. I just suggest to take the commercialism out of Christmas, and allow people of all faiths to follow their spiritualistic needs uninterrupted with nauseating Christian assimilation. And to all...
That is all.
neolithic pondered at 10:53
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