So why the heck “Merry Christmas”, anyway?
“Christmas comes but once a year”… I hear the frikkin Chipmunks, recently resurrected, singing that whiney chestnut of an awful anthem over and over in my mind… “Me, I want a Hula Hoop”… egads, make it stop!
But still, I say Merry Christmas to everyone starting this week. Actually, I would start earlier, since I think people could use a jolt of jolly most anytime, especially when the days are short, dark, and cold.
I don’t feel a lot of Christmas spirit coming back at me this year; seems like folks are a little down. Is it the economy, Newt Gingrich (there’s something that would steal anyone’s Christmas spirit!), or possibly the thought that the Mayans just might be right about Dec 21, 2012?
In any case, let’s not be overly downhearted. Things are tough enough already. It might not be a bad idea to reflect on what got us here: ‘unbridled’ overpopulation growth (hahaha), lack of jobs (around the world), and the wealth of the Richie Even Richer’s. There are a lot of problems to be remedied out there, and there are few healers available with the big answers these days. In my parent’s generation there were big leaders, Roosevelt, Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Churchill, some good, some very bad, some extremely ugly—but, they TCB’d. Today? Not so many. More like everyone for him/herself.
Maybe in the end that’s not a bad idea. Wait; it is a bad idea! In fact, it really sucks! What we need isn’t individual attainment right now, it’s management of the current situation and planning for the future—for everyone in the world. This is our one and only planet. Mars, you say? Do you think the Universe would entrust us with another planet after how we have handled this one? Hmm…don’t think so.
Well, working for the good of all doesn’t seem too popular an idea right now. The current motto is: Make your wad, and screw everyone else. Problem, is, the wad is hard to make, too.
So, for me, the answer might just be to say to everyone “Merry Christmas” THIS WEEK. Hell, I’m a “jack” Buddhist. Still, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and many more of the same to come!