No need for humans to worry about earth’s mythical destruction in 2012, although some may predict or even wish for it, such an outcome would simply be too easy a way out for the 7+ billion children who currently inhabit this planet. No, truth is we’re all just going to have to stick around while we create even more miserable inequality for each other.
Holiday times are often overly stressful for people, the very opposite of the happy portrayals they are given. USA Today Dec 22, 2011 ‘Just Say No To Christmas’ reports on some folks who have decided to reduce their stress & spending by foregoing Christmas all together. Others on Facebook’s social network post that they “despise almost everything about Christmas: music, shopping, family gatherings, trees and lights.” The first Friday after Thanksgiving is now known as Black Friday, a color most appropriately describing scenes taking place in shopping establishments across the nation of people seemingly at war– as it were– fighting, hitting, stampeding and even pepper spraying each other during frenzied buying chaos.
It appears as though the joy, peace and good will of Christmas is losing the human race to record breaking sales, personal financial stressful hardship of unemployment and the increasing consumption of humanity by consumerist commercialism. As 2011 comes to a close, folks everywhere celebrate the beginning of another year by adding personal resolutions to the spending mix; many if not most all of which will go unresolved.
“Saying no” to further human disconnection from artificiality and frivolity might begin with a closer introspection as to what Christmas is about. Named after a man honored, revered and worshipped by Christians the world over, the modern vernacular asks the same question in the form of “what would Jesus do?” Christianity’s purpose sets about to encompass the entire world with accomplishing it’s mantra; ”Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” With that in mind, keeping of course, its message simple and true, every believer would support as did its namesake, who was no respecter of persons, every human being having basic food, clothing, shelter, health care and education.
Taken as a determination and decision to reduce things into their simpler forms and thereby improve oneself by reducing stress, be healthier or happier in whatever ways an individual holds firm to accomplish, resolutions seem to make human sense in spite of the fact that most go by the wayside.
Inherently our human nature desires the best of its own existence and to that end perhaps if the individual would seek to improve itself while allowing all others the same innate desire, beginning with meeting human existence’ simplest needs, the resolution to end all resolutions would be accomplished. Rather than gloom filled warning predictions or further commiseration of doomsdays our human family could resolve and gift to each other the easiest way out and simply do in this New Year what Christmas would do and have a worldwide celebration!
After thousands of years of these unresolved resolutions; failing to eliminate poverty and inequality, failing to stop wars, failing to feed the hungry to clothe the naked, to heal the sick, to provide education to the impoverished, even eliminate incarceration through better living, isn’t it about time we achieve the New Year’s Resolution to end all resolutions keeping it for all the New Years and generations ahead.
Together we can actually have a truly and lasting Happy New Year by our united resolve to make, accomplish and keep the only humane Resolution each of us as members of our global family ever needs; enact the WUF – enable permanent resolution.