The Mean Season

December 2, 2014

Christmas season is here. Unfortunately, it is another way of saying the Mean Season is here. The mean season begins with pushing and shoving while rushing to the first bargain battle on Black Friday, Thanksgiving, or whatever miserable day stores and malls decide. It ends when the last Christmas prize’s wrapping is wadded up and tossed into the trash.
It begins with numerous negative postings on social media sites. Posting, for example, that urges boycotting stores who tell associates to wish you Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Posting which urge readers to please share religious pictures of Christmas just to upset the censors at Facebook or whatever. Political posting that exclaim how terrible the black guy in the White House is for doing something like putting a gold star on the national Christmas tree instead of a white star like so and so did. All good intentions by good people designed to put Christ back in Christmas. However, I would like a major campaign this Christmas season to put Christ back in Christians.
What is wrong with a campaign to give a smile to overworked associates and help to tired fellow shoppers scurrying around stores for find Christmas happiness? How about sharing food with those who have no food? Or sharing your time and with those shut in or lonely? Isn’t this far more Christian than trying to upset some imaginary, unknown person? What is wrong with sharing your money with poor people directly instead of Corporate begging institutions? Is fretting over how well other people following your religion keeping you from loving them for trying? Different cultures do different things. Be the Samaritan. Be the kind of person Jesus would talk about as an example for all.

Once Christ is back in Christians, the mean season will a kind season once more.

Until then, have a Happy Holiday season!

My Core Beliefs

1.         I believe God is everywhere.  I wasn’t at Calvary.  But my God lives in every person.  It is up to me to treat each person with respect and dignity accordingly.  My place of worship exists from horizon to horizon in 360  degrees from where I am.

2.         There is one human race and no others.  The genes have been blended for hundreds of generations.  Your past relatives were frisky and at sometime in history, jumped the fence.  Get over it.

3.         The size of a person’s purse or their religious beliefs are no indication of the size of a person’s heart and the quality of that person’s moral values.  In other words, poor, unholy people can be kind and generous.  Rich, unholy people can be kind and generous.  Poor, holy people can be lazy and cruel.  Rich, holy people can be lazy and cruel.

4.         Politicians drive me crazy.   I believe in saving money but also in investing in the people who are citizens of this country.  The first place for lawmakers to start  saving money is in their own office, with their own  staff, and their own benefits.  Once they do that, then we will know who is serious.

5.         People should have the right, opportunity, and the dignity to decide their own fate.

6.         Being poor is humiliating.  You can really only understand if you have been refused help or degraded during your darkest hour.