posted on December 24, 2011 07:22
Our annual orgy of spending and consumption is nearly at an end. A day of peace and stillness beckons.
Not that I’m going to get all holier-than-thou. An orgy of spending and consumption is exactly what our economy needs.
But a question nags when you see cars lined up at the malls, shoppers loaded up with gifts and restaurants jammed with holiday parties: This is a recession?
Well, yes, some people surely are suffering. Which makes the story about the Secret Santa who paid off several families’ layaway at Wal-Mart stories a welcome reminder of the real Christmas spirit.
Then there are the people who work Christmas Day – at hospitals, utility companies, homes for the aged and disabled and, yes, the media – so we can all enjoy ours.
In the news are reminders of people around the world who don’t have our freedom to bitch about those who govern us. Or our freedom to worship as we wish – or even not worship. Although you’d better not admit to the latter if you run for public office.
My guess is that all of us who read this blog and follow politics have the good life. Not everybody does. Be thankful.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy holidays.