Christmas reaps havoc on the earth. “Peace on earth, goodwill to men? Stupse!!
As we mad-scramble through shops grabbing the latest gadgets to wrap as gifts; decorations to Yuletide-enhanced our homes or as we rush through supermarkets with carts overloaded with food, do we remember, Peace on earth or goodwill to men?
Hold the ‘Peace-on-earth’ part in your mind while visualising the increase in garbage that Christmas behaviour brings. Don’t counting the garbage that comes from the cleaning up of surroundings that people do at this time of the year. I am speaking about the packaging that engulfs the items we buy; the plastic Christmas trees, the live trees cut down and later burnt and so on.
In other words, I am speaking about the long list of environmentally unfriendly things that we have to dispose of as a result of our Christmas celebrations. Our Christmas behaviour does a lot of damage to the environment; it is a big problem in our small Caribbean countries where we are battling with landfill and other sanitation related challenges. So my advice to the environment is beware, instead of “peace on earth,” it is “war on the earth” season.
If you add the “goodwill to men” phrase to the peace on earth, what is the result? Our Christmas behaviour is incongruent to the message of Christmas.
Check out the aggressive behaviour of shoppers, snatching shopping carts and later ‘must-have’ toys from each other; shoving through shops aisles in a race to reach the cashier, first. Then they burst out of the doors and drop a few dollars penitently in the Salvation Army kettle. Is that for absolution or is it the biblical pieces of silver?
The answer lies in their action on the way home; blaring horns at drivers that tarry a second at the change to a green traffic light and cussing pedestrians, including the elderly and children that walk ‘too slowly’ on the zebra crossing. In the Caribbean, it is “why the F&@K you can’t stand home?” or “ why de R&@S H$%$ you din left home dem children? Enough say!!
Is peace on earth a ‘no no’… in this world of unceasing war ? We have war zones like the Middle East and here in our Caribbean, there have been so many homicides that a United Nation’s official labelled the region as one of the most world’s most violent; high level of domestic violence in our homes, too depressing! In history lessons we read about cease fires at Christmas during war with soldiers playing friendly football against each other; that IS history.
I am leaving you to think about Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Man”, this Christmas. That it is in the Bible and you are not Christian is insignificant; if you are celebrating Christmas, don’t you think you should understand its message? Sorry, you may be celebrating Xmas or following the crowd, but consider giving yourself the think gift.
- Is Peace on Earth for Everyone? (billhogan77.wordpress.com)
- AS WE JOURNEY TOWARDS CHRISTMAS – A Reflective Advent Prayer (stocki.typepad.com)