Sunday, December 16, 2012
A Grumpy Bulldog Holiday Message
The gist of what I want to say is this: stop looking for deus ex machina solutions to problems. There is no Superman or Batman or yes not even a Scarlet Knight who can single-handedly save us from evil. There are no wizards like Harry Potter or Gandalf who can wave a magic wand to make things better. No deity is descending from Heaven or Mount Olympus or Asgard to save us.
It's time to put the onus on us to solve our own problems. I don't believe in God or Allah or Odin or Zeus, but I continue to believe that when we work together we can overcome any problem. If we truly want Peace on Earth this holiday season and every season to come, we have to work together instead of against each other. Every problem from gun violence to the fiscal cliff is because of us and it's up to us to fix it.
Over two thousand years ago when the first Christmas happened, the world was a much different place. Much of the world's population were slaves. Pedophilia and other barbarous acts were rampant. Women couldn't own property and were sold into marriage for livestock. In many places these are still problems, but overall they aren't as prevalent as they were when Jesus was born in the manger.
How did things change? It wasn't because a guy died on a cross. It wasn't because people sat around praying to their gods. It happened because ordinary people banded together and made change happen. Look at the Magna Carta, the American Revolution, the civil rights movement and so forth. None of that happened by a miracle from above. It happened because people just like you and me were willing to give their lives if necessary to make happen.
I'm not saying we need to die to solve gun violence or the fiscal cliff or anything else. But if we really want things to change then we need to DO something. Write the president and Congress by email/snail mail to tell them you're fed up with the status quo. Donate and volunteer with worthy charities. Edmund Burke was noted for saying, "All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." Or as Batman said, "Anyone can be a hero." So get out there and DO something if you're tired of the state of this world.