The Holiday Season

snowmanWhile approaching a threshold of a Brand New Year I wonder which one of the world’s expectations will fail first.

I don’t want to be a skeptic here, but history tells me that people in general don’t like a change they’d rather be a part of a vicious cycle, at least it brings them routine. Christmas will bring all kinds of presents, most of which will be later exchanged or returned to stores. Some will share laughter and joy, but unfortunately many will be left unnoticed in their own anguish.

Wars and conflicts, where millions of people die in this world, it is something so hard to grasp. It is beyond reasonable comprehension. Many of the tribulations will never cease, because only few will stand up for the innocents and that’s just not enough to stop the atrocities.

What can we do, so this world will have a chance to become a place of joy for everyone?

Respect and validation have to become an emblem of our human race.  We are surrounded with an overwhelming amount of information and disinformation as well. In order to embrace true values such as human dignity we have to be honest about what is crucial in our believe system. We need to have a moral core, regardless of our religion or set of opinions. We cannot let our opinions dishevel someone else point of view just because it will makes us feel better, because it might make us feel like a winners.

Let’s indulge in Fiodor Dostoyevsky’s words of wisdom from one of his masterpieces, Brother’s Karamazov.

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying–to others and to yourself.”

So what have we learnt in preparation for This Special Holiday season? Are we going to indulge in our pleasures or are we willing to look around and find those who are less fortunate and reach out to them with our talents, kind words and whatever else that will enable them to feel human again. I wonder when empathy will finally be embraced as a sign of strength not a pity.

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