Some Thoughts, this Christmas Eve

On the WMBW home page, a brief bio refers to my personal religious leanings as “other — really.”   To elaborate at any length might ruin the Holiday Season for most of you, and it’s Christmas Eve: a voice in my head (that of my late mother, I suspect) urges me to mark the occasion with something appropriate to the season.  So I have a few things to share.

First, I highly recommend David Wong’s wonderful article, “10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (and Must) Agree On.”  It’s from the December 16, 2007 issue of Cracked.  (Along with Mad magazine, Cracked deserves at least some credit or blame for making me the man I am today.)  But while Wong’s article is humorous in many respects, it’s also very much in tune with We May Be Wrong.  Well, sort of.  I mean, actually, since Wong’s 10 Things article has had over 1.8 million views, that’s a bit like like saying the ocean’s in tune with the last drop of rain to fall into it. But I hope you catch my drift.  I really wish not just 1.8 million, but 1.8 billion, had read Wong’s article.  In addition to being the sort of article I’d love to publish on this website, it also has a bunch of really cool pictures. Check them out!

http://www.cracked.com/article_15759_10-things-christians-atheists-can-and-must-agree-on.html

Second, that same voice (yes, now I’m sure it belongs to my late mother) tells me that because it’s Christmas eve, I ought to say something about Jesus.   And since I respect Jesus at least as much as I respect David Wong, I’ll post four of my favorite things about Jesus.

1. He is said to have preached that one should love one’s neighbor, and even one’s enemy.

2.  He is said to have preached, “Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

3. He apparently instructed his followers not to swear.  As I read it, he didn’t seem to be talking about four-letter words; rather, he seemed to be warning against swearing to the certain truth of anything.  (“Swear not at all: neither by heaven… nor by the earth…because thou canst not make one hair white or black.  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”)

4. It is said that he repeatedly asked his followers, “Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

I’d like to think that with that sort of philosophy, if Jesus had been connected to the internet, he might not have disapproved entirely of We May Be Wrong.

My third Christmas offering is a link to a You-Tube video of this season’s performances at our (backyard) Friend’s Theater.

I know that my mother would have liked it.  She was an ardent Christian, but she was also a ham.

As for Jesus, I’d like to think he wouldn’t have been offended that we chose Clark Clement Moore’s poem to perform this season, rather than Luke’s rendition of the Nativity.  As I read the gospels, Jesus comes across as a pretty humble guy who (laughing with us, not at us) might have chuckled at our ineptness — and that’s what I like most about him.

-Joe

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Some Thoughts, this Christmas Eve”

  1. Thanks for the back yard theater. I’ve always thought I didn’t like children, maybe because my father didn’t appear to like his. More likely I am left feeling powerless by their cruel honesty and ability to manipulate my emotions. Pets are much easier because they can make you feel more powerful even though they might eat you under different circumstances. Please note that I have no children but have had many pets.
    I observed that when my friends had children they changed. They had to, they now had full time responsibility for the well being of another human. They no longer had any time or place in their lives for the likes of me. I observed that after about two decades I would get a call with a wish to reconnect. This would be followed by a dinning date or two or until they remembered why they stopped socializing with the childlessly irresponsible in the first place. Children of my siblings don’t count, because I share a common dislike of their parents. My wife has two children, me and her cat Eddy.
    However the play directed me to many good memories of when I was younger and I thought my brothers were wonderful and we spent marvelous time together. That of course ended when they had children. I spent Christmas day with those children and their children and and at least for that time I found that I do like children. Of course I may be wrong!

    Thank you also for the Cracked link. I just spent two hours building my power, binge reading literally dozens of posts that boosted my left leaning perspective on most everything.
    My wife and I have lived in Manassas Va. for forty two years. It is a den of Republican Vipers. The Home off Bull Run where the first land battle of the civil war was fought, and where the last battle will probably be fought as well. I love this place, even though I am constantly reminded that I brought a yankee from New Jersey to live on Main St. in Olde Towne. She was forgiven her Yankeeness years ago, probably because she is Irish, which overides anything. They even made her vice president of the Museum Associates at the one meeting she missed. They also forgot that I was born in Seattle which was a Russian territory during the late unpleasantness, this is an asset of which I recently and often remind them. I think this may display my the loud, classless, oafish, less educated, autocratic, side in order to have my actually flaming liberal crybaby love thy neighbor globalized self accepted by my neighbors. But of course I may be wrong!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus to all from Bull Run.

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