A Post-Xmas Musing
The moment I start seeing the leaves turning color, the depression starts setting in. It's bad enough the cold temperatures cause my hands, face and arms to get red, scaly and itchy - it's called cold urticaria - also, I must have some sort of mild asthma because the cold air aggravates my respiratory system - my chest gets heavy, my sinuses fill up and hurt, and I always cough my head off. Holding a scarf over my nose and mouth at all times is not feasible, such as when you're driving. The ten years I lived in High Point, North Carolina were the healthiest years of my life (age approx. 22-32).
I get nothing from Dale except that I've got a bad attitude. I don't have allergies, I don't have depression, I simply have to change my bad attitude.
Two more years and I'm gonna change it, all right. I'm gonna change a lot more than just my attitude.
And, well, I spent money I couldn't afford on the holidays again.
Of course everyone knows Xmas shopping is wasteful. OMFG, the hype started before Halloween this year!~ This season is so offensive.
Christmas "wish lists" and "gift exchanges" degrade the concept of giving. You know Christmas marketing is a scam, benefiting manufacturers, stores, and huge corporations, while driving individuals into debt. You know this annual consumer frenzy wreaks havoc on the environment, filling landfills with useless packaging and discarded gifts.
Yet, every year, you cave in and go shopping.
The relentless onslaught of advertising exerts constant pressure. So do the unified bleatings of herds of shoppers, who call you "Scrooge" if you fail to enthusiastically join their ritual orgy of consumption. Friends and family needle you with gift requests, store windows beckon with shiny colorful packages, the same "classic" holiday jingles are piped constantly through every speaker in town.
Christmas Shopping, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, and every variety of Christmas Crap ... how can you refuse to support the Holiday Industry without the people you love thinking you're an ogre? Why can't we show our love for friends and family by giving our time and care, not by purchasing consumer goods? Why can't we maintain the integrity of giving by giving spontaneously and from our hearts, rather than during a specified season?
It's not that the concept of Xmas itself is disgusting. If you groove on it, that's dandy. The thing that offends me is that it's MANDATORY, it's an OBLIGATION. You must evolve into a jolly automaton like the rest of us, or you are not acceptable. We are Borg. You will assimilate. One cannot just look the other way and live life as one wishes from Halloween through New Years.
As for myself, I heave a sigh and try to compromise, to make things or bake things to give and share. However, the Lists come to me, and what can I do? They demand Lists from me. I don't want them spending their money on me for things that I don't really want. If I want something, I'll find a way to get it, thank you. Then I must waste the little cash that I have on people who already have enough money and everything they want. What's this act doing for us? Oh yeah, that's right. It's keeping the stores running. Keeping smiles on the faces of big business.
Definition of Christmas:
A holiday supposedly celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ - a man who, if he actually existed (there is no real proof of this, and if he really did exist, his name wouldn't have been "Jesus Christ" because both those words are of GREEK origin. Unless you think your "King of the Jews" was Greek), meant well but now is the cause of all the problems in the world because people misinterpreted him.
But I digress. Christmas has been bastardized by western society. It is nothing more than a holiday which used to be the pagan winter solstice. The December 25 date is not the actual birthdate of the probably mythical jesus, did you know that? Jesus's birthdate was changed by the christians to take over and obliterate the pagan winter solstice festival.
What is laughingly ironic about it all is that the christian religion was not based upon divine revelation - it borrowed from pagan sources, Mithra being one of them. The figure of Mithra has many commonalities with Jesus, too common to be coincidence.
Mithraism was one of the major religions of the Roman Empire which was derived from the ancient Persian god of light and wisdom. The cult of Mithraism was quite prominent in ancient Rome, especially among the military. Mithra was the god of war, battle, justice, faith, and contract. According to ancient Mithraism, Mithra was called the son of God, was born of a virgin, had disciples, was crucified, rose from the dead on the third day, atoned for the sins of mankind, and returned to heaven.
Christianity was derived as much from Mithraism as from Judaism. Understanding the origin of Mithraism is crucial to understanding the origin of Christianity.
Mithraism predated Christianity by centuries. Mithra (also spelled Mithras), a Graeco-Persian invention, was born of a virgin on the winter solstice - frequently December 25th in the Julian calendar. Being a solar deity, Mithra was worshipped on Sundays; after Mithra had become amalgamated with Helios, he was depicted with a halo, nimbus, or glory around his head. In some cases it has been difficult to tell if ancient images were intended as depictions of Mithra or Jesus. The leader of the cult was called a pope (papa) and he ruled from a "mithraeum" on the Vatican Hill in Rome. A prominent iconographic feature in Mithraism was a large key, needed to unlock the celestial gates through which souls of the deceased were believed to pass. It would appear that the "keys of the Kingdom" held by the popes as successors to "St. Peter" derive from Mithra, not from a Palestinian messiah. The Mithraic priests wore miters, special headdresses from which the christian bishop's hat was derived. (The Latin name for this Phrygian/Persian hat was mitra - which also was an acceptable Latin spelling for Mithra!) The Mithraists consumed a sacred meal (Myazda) which was completely analogous to the Catholic Eucharistic service (Missa, or Mass). Like the christians, they celebrated the atoning death of a savior who was resurrected on a Sunday. A major center of Mithraic philosophy was at Tarsus - St. Paul's hometown - in what now is Southeast Turkey.
Now, in these modern days, Christmas has morphed into a holiday based on commercial greed, with the jesus excuse floating about it, in tandem with the old bearded guy in the sky. The OTHER old bearded guy in the sky, that is:
Billy: "My teacher says that if I'm good Santa will give me presents!"
Logical Guy: "Well, little Billy, your teacher is lying. Christmas is nothing but an excuse for capitalists to drain more money from your parents, and anyone else they can con."
NOTE: Some of the preceding rant was paraphrased from a site called: xmasresistance.org
I don't believe in everything they advocate on this site, but what I borrowed from them and used above is priceless.
IMPORTANT! - Xmas Message from Ozzy Osbourne
Video < Two Of Us > by The Beatles available for viewing
Beatlemania.ca/Videos/Two Of Us ...enjoy !
On Fri, 23 Dec 2005 13:23:50 -0500, "Bob" <f...@ptd.net> wrote in rec.music.beatles:
> Is there any way to save the video?
Yes, the file will be in your cache if you've watched it through.
1. Search your hard drive for "swf" which is the file extension.
2. You'll find "TheBeatles_Twoofus.swf" in your temporary internet files.
3. Right-click, copy, and paste in a folder of your choice.
|Also... another Hanukkah gift for those who haven't seen it yet, |
or want to see it again -
A GREAT mix of Beatles and Monkees...great video, too! I luv it: