, a mean jaggy acid-green word, but rather about is, a pleasant little earth-brown word.
Where was I? At first I thought Bob was reprinting an actual news item titled "Christian Objects to Mayan Calendar." Then the satire got obvious. Point being, it is very difficult to satirize some things because they are already bending reality quite a bit. I would be surprised if you could not find somewhere a fundamentalist who is denouncing the belief in the Mayan Calendar as unGodly. And yeah, it is. Here's news: most of the people in the world do not hold to your particular belief system.
As someone who is always on the outskirts of things, practicing the steps my own way, I am fascinated by the amount of in-group stuff I see. In the fundamentalist Buddhist community, furious discussion about whether we can prove the Buddha existed, some of it from people who clearly have no interest in working on Right Speech (well, if there's no Buddha, there are not precepts - maybe that's the point). From fundamental Christian friends, Boycott Target because the store is using Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. So as I get it, when you are spending hundreds of dollars on toys for the kids to umm, celebrate the sacred birth, you want it to be from a retailer who does not hesitate to offend Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim etc. customers by focusing on Christians.
What is this? Can't you people just enjoy your cookies without making the point that you are superior to the rest of the world? Isn't the larger point of all these celebrations this time of year that the sun also rises, that the days will be longer now, that there is a miraculous birth over and over? That we can feast?
Well, maybe it's their version of the holiday blues. Some people fight depression with anger. I know how it is. You're not lonely, you're special. Like that. Myself, I like festivities that do not center around gorging yourself or drinking and making loud noises or drinking and marching through city streets and dying the river green. This is it - a time of year when we think about giving and being connected, as in fact, we are.