Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukkah, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!
With very few exceptions, Christmas has been a season when people in this country put aside our differences both petty … and not so petty.
We’ve welcomed each other in thought, in presence, – we’ve done so without reservations – no identity relationship has mattered, no visible difference, no qualification as to where we live, no reservation based on ideology.
It’s been a time when we all can look at our fellow humans with understanding, kindness, charity and dare I say it … love?
Isn’t it sad?
There is pressure to put an end to this season of good will.
It comes from all around us and inundates us like a tsunami destroying that feeling of happiness and peace that accompanies the magic I associate with a simple phrase … “Merry Christmas.”
What I see on TV, what I read, what I hear, and worse, how I see us treat each other during this season … what I see as a period of truce … convinces me that there are those who wish to steal from us, the most valuable thing we have.
Our collective humanity.
Listening to TV commentators and politicians this morning occasioned a thought.
I refuse to allow others to rob my sense of humanity. I will NOT reject people who differ from me in any way based on narrowness of vision and selfish views of life.
Humanity’s laws do not require that we think the same.
Because someone doesn’t agree with my political outlook, social values or other personal beliefs, doesn’t give me the right to value them any less as a human.
Certainly the reverse is true.
My personal set of values does not devalue me.
With this thought in mind, I’ve decided I won’t allow the rhetoric of division and derision to destroy my enjoyment of fellow human beings this Christmas. I hope I have the wisdom to maintain this state of mind far past this season of goodwill.
I will not assign a negative value to a person with whom I disagree most vehemently. I will proudly retain my thoughts, understanding that people will differ. Disagreement with another simply means I have to be tolerant of them. I’ll strive to remember those who see only one point of view … those who resort to labels and vitriol in response to opposing ideas … lack the intelligence to reason and refute. I’ll react to them with the pity and understanding those with such narrow intellect require.
I will put the atmosphere of recrimination aside, hope they will, and if not, ignore the “slings and arrows.”
Can I persuade some of you who read this to adopt this thought? Let’s make this a “Merry Christmas!”
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