Thursday, December 16, 2004

Shroud the Halls - (but keep the lamps of peace and justice burning in the streets)

A very great many of us up here in the frozen North are having trouble settling in cozily for our annual December postcard pageant of twinkling lights, eggnog and peaceful (read complacent) faith that the greatest good inevitably descends at the moment of greatest darkness. That the world (in the words of Gordon Bok) is "always turning towards the morning."

This year, for millions of Americans, there are two solstices occurring simultaneously: one physical and therefore transitory because subject to physical law; and the other spiritual, thus more threateningly obdurate and less certain of enlightenment - because human laws are often non-binding in this surreal year 2004. We up here, with our eight-hour days and our sixteen-hour nights, are hit with a particularly gloomy double-whammy.

Who can decorate, warbling cheerily to himself of "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men" while soldiers going to Iraq are telling us that, if they had their way, they would "kill them all?" Who can "shop," when our "President" tells us to buy American while selling (mortgaging) OUR country overseas? Who can nestle snug in his bed, dreaming of sugarplums, while the greatest crime against democracy and human equality since slavery and indentured servitude is being perpetrated "on the roof" (with a little collusion in the basement) by our own leaders?

Happy (PC) Holidays, everyone.

P.S. One thing about cultivating fury: it's hot, despite the season, so hold on to it. Remember when Bush said his tiny tax cuts for the poor would help them buy firewood so they could stay warm in spite of his "energy policy" (forget the urban poor, who don't have wood stoves, let alone firewood suppliers)? Fury too keeps you warm. And it just might help keep your lamps lit with ohms of stubborn resistance.


Blogger philinmaine said...

Place me in the quandry camp. On the one hand and on the other hand. On the one hand, I have kids, young adults but still, my kids and I like to shop for them..more than just gift certs and we don't get to see each other as much as I would is not enough. Then there are the friends, especially this year the political ones and I do homemade things. I still like doing these things but I'm also scraping what I can and supporting the causes I feel are important. Despite the national results (question mark question mark) I am proud of what we achieved together in Hancock County and my determination is not diminshed. I think the infamous 'they' clearly want us to 'give up' but we aren't and thanks for the hot posts. Keep em coming, pass the ammo. BTW, if you saw it during the campaign the newsletter More Common Sense is going to continue publishing but can use help, including writers, layout and people to distribute. Contact me for more info.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Peg C said...

To philinmaine...
I'd love to contact you about More Common Sense but don't know how.

3:13 PM  
Blogger philinmaine said...

my blog is and email is rather not give phone # on a blog but Ashcraft and Alberto probably have it anyway :)

10:24 AM  
Blogger philinmaine said...

oops that was those hasty fingers!

12:13 PM  

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