Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I'm Dreaming of a Christ-like Christmas

Who was Jesus but an extremely thoughtful, honest, concerned and loving man? He suffered in the face of sanctimonious hypocrisy, spoke out against it, FOR human values, and invited martyrdom at the hands of the powerful to make his even more powerful point: that life is too lovely to be lived in enslavement to vested interests and to the ephemeral passions of pleasure and property. That life of the mind and the "heart" builds a far more enduring and rewarding "capital" of the spirit.

Jesus was a Buddhist before the Buddha. He was a militant revolutionary before Mohammed. And he was a prophet for us all in warning of the dangers of superstition and hide-bound, exclusionary prejudice. He died because of, and to expose, this sin.

Love of human potential, the potential of humanity to become more than it is, better than it is, is the lesson of Christmas - the lesson of a newborn child. May we learn from and live up to it.

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Blogger Winter Patriot said...

Peg: you are a gem and I am pleased to be reading you, both here and on that other blog where our paths cross once in a while. ;-) Best wishes to you and yours for the remainder of the holiday season.

Thomas Paine wrote:

"The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Of course he wrote this long ago. Had he known you, he he would certainly have written:

"... she that stands it now ..."

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