Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Generification of Merry Christmas

     In the last couple of weeks people have been expressing the obligatory seasonal greeting, and a majority have used the increasingly popular, "Happy Holidays." Or some version of it. I don't like the politically correct holiday greeting. It's a glaring example of self-censorship and it is meaningless. We've become our own big brother.
     The worst argument against acknowledging Christmas is that it might offend those who don't believe in its meaning. I never understood how someone could be offended by a religious holiday that is centered around peace, love, joy and hope. I find it very narcissistic to be offended by someone elses religious holiday and expect the majority of those people to change their behavior to make you feel less offended. I'm not Jewish, but if a Jew wished me a happy Hanukkah I would feel honored that they included me in their holiday and  I'd wish them a happy Hanukkah in return.
     The generification of religous holidays is just one more way that the left in this country aims to sanitize the language and remove all humaness from it. The late comedian, George Carlin, expressed this theme in a comedy bit about the term used to describe soldiers returning from war with mental and emotional problems. He argues that after WWI soldiers were Shell-Shocked, this was descriptive of their condition and to the point. After WWII, the term morphed into Battle-Fatigue, more syllables and less-descriptive. And after the Vietnam war we removed all human feeeling from the term by calling it Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. This concept of generification has also been expressed by Dennis Praeger, well known radio talk show host and author, in what he calls the five great separations in nature and how the left tries to destroy them. The separations Mr. Praeger has discovered are the separation between God and man, man and woman, man and animals, good and evil and holy and profane. When we ignore or destroy these separations we create the dark world that John Lennon sang about in his song Imagine, where culture, ideas and even life itself are valueless and not worth defending. And because there is no good and evil, the song makes the case that all cultures and idealogies , no matter what they preach, are equal.
     I, for one, still use the term Merry Christmas to greet people during this season. I believe in preserving the meaning of the holiday and not blending everything together until all meaning has been stricken from our culture and heritage. One additional thought, there is no holiday called holiday. Merry Christmas everyone.


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