Saturday, November 25, 2006
open thread commentary
the holidays have a way of making folks think about family and things that are important to them. nothing wrong with that. i do it too and i think that is partly the reason that we have holidays to begin with. i have been thinking quite a bit about the holidays this year- i think that we tend to do things on automatic pilot- as is true with our daily lives too. why do we do the things that we do? why do we consider what we do important? if the holidays are viewed as an extra burden, why do we still do them? what is it that we are celebrating? how many of us celebrate in america anyway? probably quite a few considering the stores are now considering staying open on the actual holidays to continue reaping out of this world profit margins. are we about greed? i look around where i live- probably close to mainstream america. we are a small city bounded by rural farmland and overall conservative folks live here. what do i see? lots of poor folks with a smattering of middle class and some upper class folks. what are the poor folks thankful for? what are the rich folks thankful for? i would hazard a guess- the same things. what is it about the american holidays that compel us to participate? other places in the world celebrate similar holidays in very different ways- why are we so materialistic with ours? is it because we don't know how to be any other way- or because we choose not to?