I’m thinking of making a weird connection here, so bear with me.
Not to seem as anti-Christmas, which I’m not, but I’m becoming concerned that the effect of the spirit of giving, which has overtaken the true meaning of the holiday, has in a small way contributed to the sense of entitlement that seems to be growing throughout society.
The infamous Christmas list seems to be more important to people, especially the younger ones, that remembering that this is the celebration of the birth of the Messiah of the Christian religion.
Essentially, more and better gifts are expected. We’re inundated with commercials as early as September, and stores put out Christmas-related items earlier and earlier.
This puts me in mind of the expectations of people nowadays. The thought of losing some perceived entitlement — welfare, citizenship, school tuition, cell phone, etc. — puts people in a combative mood.
Look at all the protests that have started since Donald Trump became president; he’s been accused of everything from taking away women’s reproductive rights to putting people on the street to force-feeding school children junk food.
Tantrums over being denied. Sad, that.
When did it become the government’s responsibility to provide these things for us? When did we lose the ability to care for ourselves, and when did we stop doing without if we could not afford something?
Many of us remember not having the latest gadgets, or the newest fashions, or the best sneaker, or the top-of-the-line housing — our parents gave us the best they could afford, and if we didn’t get it, we made do without it.
We’re losing that fortitude. We’re forgetting the lessons of the Depression, the Dust Bowl days, when we went without, or made what we needed ourselves, and began relying on our “grandparent” of government to give to us.
Two questions, then: What happens if the government can no longer provide? And, why is getting things more important than celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ?
The more government has to do with our daily lives, the worse off we’ll be. By the same token, the more Christ has to do with our daily lives, the better for us all.
•This week’s ridiculous headline is holiday-themed, and courtesy of Slate.com: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Is Your Latest Problematic Fave.
Seems the writer, who has been watching the show for several years now, has grown increasingly dismayed about the purported abusive relationship puppet Santa has with puppet Rudolph.
She also feels that the program, which came out in 1964, is an “allegory for being gay in a homophobic society.”
Interestingly enough, the writer states that these accusations came about with the advent of the internet, “Santa and his crew came in for a long overdue reckoning.”
I’m pretty sure Rankin/Bass put out the show with a whole different idea behind it, and I won’t be arrogant enough to suggest what that was. I have watched that show pretty much every year since it came out (having been born in 1963, sigh), and never really thought the cartoon was supposed to be earth-shatteringly woke.
Ascribing new modes of PC thinking to something like this is just plain dumb, and in my view, only meant to destroy something that used to bring joy to people for decades.
P.S. The Bumble rocks.
Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.