When I was in school, we learned about wars, assassinations (fancy word for muder), plots, kings getting killed, all with an air of « but we don’t do that any more, now we are civilized, democratic, we vote ». But if you look at the world, we are still in the dark ages. Poisonings, planned accidents, bombings, shootings,…
All the religions call for non-violence, peace, but we don’t live it. A Christian is probably aware of Matthew 5 :21-22, « You’re familiar with the commandment to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.‘ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill. » (The Message translation)
In essence, I killed a girl while I was on my trip. She pulled me aside as I was boarding the plane for an extra search. I didn’t say anything – I knew that would only get me in trouble, but I gave her a look, if it had been a laser, she would have been fried, if it had been one of those new energy weapons, she would have disintegrated. She said, «I am only doing my job, for your security.» She heard everything I didn’t say. I took my good old time with all my movements, thinking the longer I take, the fewer people she can hassle. Rather proud of myself for thinking of that. But I am guilty of murder.
Hmm, maybe I am IN it!
Then when I went upstairs, I saw it!
Challenge from MY360MI
« …a final thoughts entry on this past year. It can be about what ever you want it to be…think back to the hardships you have had this year…how have they helped make who you are right now and the person that will enter 2008? »
I hereby confer upon this amaryllis
Most Photographed Plant Status.
There seems to be a collective will to have a celebration at this time of year, at least in the northern hemisphere, from time immemorial. As society evolves, the meaning behind the holiday changes also. We have celebrated the solstice, Saturnalia, the birth of Jesus, just to mention the ones I know about. It is not very likely that Jesus was born at this time of year – the church decided on the date so as to Christianize the saturnalia celebration, similar to going about carving crosses on standing stones. But can we do otherwise than to work with what we have, to transform what exists into something better ? Many of the holiday traditions have their origin in pagan beliefs. Is that grounds for rejection ?
It isn’t even the fact of Jesus’ birth that is most important – it is how He lived His life. He put His Steps into God’s Steps and showed us that it is possible for a human to ascend.
These days there is a lot of Santa Claus accompanied by more and more mythology concerning him. Sometimes I wonder if people aren’t getting Santa mixed up with God – he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows if you’ve been bad or good ! He is becoming something similar to a Greek or Roman god.
People go out of their way to create some kind of fairytale land for their children, full of extravagance, but artificial, on the surface, built on lies. Why don’t we create a real world of paradise ? A world where each one is cherished, nourished, encouraged to make the best of themselves, a world where people share and make peace. There have been times when people have made enormous efforts in this direction for December 25th. Why not all year long ?