Assuming Comfort

12/11/2015

 
This is a tricky one.  We all want to feel comfortable: In our clothes, in our homes, in our working environment, in the places we go to shop, to eat, to do business of any kind.  We all crave comfort within ourselves.
This is not simple.
I have been imagining the decor in what was called the "holiday party" at the public health facility in San Bernardino.  Only three days later was it described as a Christmas party, with Christmas tree and who knows what other decorations.  
Then President Obama is seen addressing the nation on the subject of terrorism with a Christmas tree off to one side.  Anyone who reads this blog has figured out that I am Christian and that my religion is part of my identity, both social and musical.
But I can't help but wonder how left out people feel when surrounded by the trappings of a culture based on a religion they do not profess.
A friend told me yesterday that that's why Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas Day.  We looked it up online.  Sure enough:  The tradition goes back to the early days of immigration from those two non-Christian cultures.  
Maybe we all need to be more sensitive to the possibility of other identities: to be, in fact, more Christian in our sympathetic understanding of others, of whatever otherness.  That, to my view, would be the most effective way to fight domestic terrorism.













 


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