I used to enjoy going to the local Halloween parade. My kids are grown up and on their own, so I have not attended the parade in recent years. One of the largest Halloween parade's on Delmarva is now simply called a "Community Parade." Other community centers no longer celebrate Halloween, instead they have a "Fall Festival." I am told the celebration of Halloween is a sensitive subject. Some families are choosing not to participate in Halloween activities of any kind because of religious convictions.
As a child in school, and later as an employee of a school district, I anxiously awaited the Christmas break every year. That week off from Christmas Eve until the start of the new year, was a special time of year to celebrate with family and friends. Searching for the Christmas Break on many school calendars I find that it is now officially the Winter Break. I am surprised that my official state list of holidays hasn't changed Christmas to "Recycled Pagan Celebration of the Winter Season."
Now the world is angry and fighting over the meaning of red Starbucks coffee cups. According to those drawing attention to Starbucks, the company is taking part in a so-called "war on Christmas" because the red coffee cups no longer acknowledge the Christmas holiday. According to Starbucks the company tries to embrace diversity. Does our world now define diversity as not showing any references to history or culture? Let's forget about all traditions that have any possible connections to anything someone claims is against their beliefs?
Best wishes for a prosperous New Year. May you believe in your dreams and succeed in your efforts.
Science fiction geeks and baby boomers know the Vulcan salute from Star Trek followed by the phrase "live long and prosper" as a universal gesture of wishing one well. Leonard Nimoy, who played the character of Mr. Spock in the original television series Star Trek, said the salute was based on the Priestly Blessing known as raising of the hands he saw in an Orthodox synagogue when he was a child.
Society often associates being prosperous with being wealthy, and with wealth there is much distortion about what it means to be successful. As I read through various social media memes telling me the simple answers to the world's complex problems, I am told that being wealthy is often accompanied by greed, corruption, and hostility. The traditional media pundits and social media memes tell us people often sell their souls to achieve prosperity.
As I study the great inventors and industrialists as I work on my website Geek History I see animosity towards business people for being successful. Instead of seeing industrialists as people who take an invention and develop it into an industry, and create jobs, and grow an economy, the term industrialist is associated with arrogance and an inordinate amount of competitiveness.
Sadly the media spin here in the United States is "capitalism is evil." Then we should wonder why some people have a fear of success. I don't think when Mr. Spock said "live long and prosper" he was promoting stress and anxiety.
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