"Christmas Day, and the whole Holiday Season, is a time when many people sing songs about "peace on Earth, good will to men."
But the feeling quickly passes... often as soon as we turn on the news or go on the Internet.
The ill will starts to flow, against...
Democrats or Republicans
Whoever we are, and whatever our values, we often feel under attack. We believe that OTHER PEOPLE - inside and outside our country -- want to undermine our values or way of life.
But there's one common element. No matter what "side" we are on, we usually tend to think as AMERICANS. We ask questions like...
Has America lost its way?
It is natural to think this way. After all, we are Americans. This is our home. Of course we have an interest in our home.
But, we are human beings first.
Are poverty and unemployment important only when Americans suffer?
Do your rights come from your American citizenship, or are they inherent in your humanity -- in the humanity of all persons on the planet?
Isn't it possible that the people you resent and fear the most, might also have reasons to resent and fear YOU?
It seems healthy that we do more than sing about "peace on earth, good will to men." Perhaps, we should actually give real thought to why we have not yet reached this ideal.
We hope you find these questions helpful.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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