Back home, Easter was always about spring

Easter was about being a family holiday. It was about Jesus, too. Easter was a new dress and a basket of treats. The treats must have been a great pacifier to an entire family weary from winter. In this way, they brightened themselves through the ‘gifts’ of spring; among these, treating a child to an unusual gift easily imagined as a preventive salve to the approach on the busy day ahead . . . which– often enough– included church. Our family was casual about that though . . . never a regularly-pressing matter.
Maybe it’s living down South, or maybe it’s having the fortune to have come up in one of the best decades there ever were– either way back then, things were a little more casual and we [almost] had a grip. Today, things seem out of hand to say the least.
There were concerns then, but overall people were reasoned, healthy creatures on the way to better days. (Maybe people still are. We’re just ruminating here.) Today, it feels like we’re challenged. Instead of becoming easier, things are difficult as ever, if not more, especially when you consider that so many want to believe the world is ending. Every crass, medieval happenstance is taken to be a sign of impending rapture. As I understand it, this has been a phenomenon oft’ repeated.
To exacerbate the serious problems, we have people creating issues where there should be none. We’re left slack-jawed at the latest media exposure of unreasonable, threatening arms reaching out to affect the experiences of others based on highly personalized moral inventions, and in such stark contrast to the way they themselves live. It’s gone as far as intrusion into the private visits of women with their doctors and medical staff, their bodies and, ultimately, their access to health care as our species has come to know it.
Our relational individualism has regressed to the point of not being able to communicate effectively in a way that honors everyone in the room. The involvement of some into the practices of others has officially gone too far, again, when we’ve allowed pass on legislation designed to allow our government records clerks to insinuate their personal moral dictates into their public-service job descriptions, potentially ruining due process of law for anyone taken as gay or  . . . or what else? What’s next?

Our old secular spring holiday isn’t what it used to be? Via the NYT: Sacred and Secular in Easter Celebrations; Family Holiday Isn’t What it Used to Be

So it’s an issue that there may be fewer church-goers, or that “family holiday isn’t what it used to be”.

Life is different!

There may be fewer faithers of the type referred to in the article linked above. . .yet maybe there aren’t. Either way, we shouldn’t forget that there are those others who enjoy Easter holiday for it’s natural , secular, acknowledgements; the nature of which we can’t assume to know, and there are evolving cultural-societal considerations regarding familial behaviors and the Easter holiday where any co-recognized traditions may or may not exist– an interesting exploration to consider undertaking.
Still, to the misplaced concern over the “sacred” habits of others: Couldn’t it be as important, that many families today are spread farther apart and significantly more challenged economically than during some other generations in recent time. Neither get-togethers nor casual, dressed-to-the-9s shopping are the easily undertaken activities they once were, for most U.S. residents.
(If you haven’t read the article linked above in this post, then you may miss some of the significance of references above.)

What’s really getting in the way of family get-togethers, fancy dress and casual shopping?

It’s pause-worthy as well to consider that much of the decline referred to may be the result of family-fracturing drug use (going strong since way back, but especially since incremental outlawing and stigmatization) that has grown so prevalent today, after being outlawed and maligned to the point of completely changing the close knit of our societal fabric for the prize of revenue and enslavement.
People today have advanced addictions . . . not just on the street but in homes across suburbia where it’s been so easy to acquire substantial mind-altering substances in the face of those who live a different economic lifestyle and take to the streets to be arrested and marginalized. The problem of overprescribed, often hot, pain pills and ‘disorder’ pills (new concoctions all the time) have arisen as a result of the constant market turning toward something that hasn’t yet been made illegal. Again, economy, and in the bad side of that people have heroine, their savior when the doctor stops prescribing, and problems with all the new synthetics that are absolutely unpredictable. Synthetics, another outcropping of drug law.
Maybe it’s these things– trust issues, essentially– that have altered the landscape of springtime– if it’s been altered. As the author indicates, church attendance may be up and all the worry over people’s souls could be a figment of the imagination. Should we consider again-rising attendance and self-ascribed sacredness a great thing? It seems to be reflecting harshly on the civic experience.
So, rather than worry over a “national holiday” (that’s religious and secular, as always) seeming irrelevant to a supposedly evolving secular society, shan’t we rather recognize that ‘secular marketing’ [that’s “marketing” to the mainstream reasoning] isn’t confusing anyone, contrary to religious opinion.
Rather, things have been looking just as they should. This Easter consternation is much like the Christmas season, rather than very different. People have been arguing about how to celebrate the winter holidays much more so than on Easter, in my perception.

How to Put the Focus Back in the Easter National Holiday

But, I defer- Christmas does remain more popular, it seems. Maybe it’s the lights. There don’t tend to be many lights out for Easter the way that we’ve become accustomed to seeing during the wintertime and it’s holidays. . . probably because lights are associated with an increased feeling of warmth, physically needed during the wintertime. Could it could be that, if we introduced festive lighting into the Easter weekend, then celebrations would rise to levels of the winter holidays?
Now, in case you haven’t noticed, the ruminating article linked herein this post was written in 1988. When we consider today how much has occurred since that time and look at the continuing worry over churchgoing and various personal affairs of others. . . I believe we can safely say that things may be getting out of hand! It’s not the fault of the politicians . . . it’s our fault for taking so much of what truly matters in this life for granted. We’re worried about all the wrong things, when we’re ruminating over people’s supposed lack of religiosity or moral compassing. What good is it doing us, when media and politics are in the state that they are today? The wrong tail is wagging the wrong dog, and this has been going on in various ways for a long time.
We live in a space where national celebrations simply won’t be as strictly performed to the ideals of any one church, as during some times in the past. On a smaller scale, to the tighter community, sure. That a community can voluntarily collect and enjoy holiday celebrations is a part of a free nation. An understanding of secular perspective is necessary however, especially on a national level of celebration. Nationally, a secular perspective is more evident.  These celebrations have a broader appeal and the capacity to achieve a unity among many. That’s what we want.

The 12 Days of Christmas Meaning

As with any occasion, groups adjust specific dates according to the themes of many various activities set around Christmastime.  These may be Twelve Days of Gifts, Actions, Sayings . . . almost anything!

“The exact origins and the meaning of the song are unknown, but it is highly probable that it originated from a children’s memory and forfeit game.” -Wikipedia

REF:

Mark Lawson-Jones, Why was the Partridge in the Pear Tree?: The History of Christmas Carols, 2011

Can an Artist be Close-minded and Succeed?

The Answer is Yes! A group of artists is much like any other group of people– comprised of different personalities and beliefs, often changing as they navigate life.

We’re happy that James Cameron found atheism for himself; goodness knows people should be free to seek. What of those who’ve no conviction one way or the other? Ah, to be the most open-minded is always the most trying. . . living between the constant battles of deniers of and believers in god(s).

How dare such staunch [militant] atheists regard agnosticism as “cowardly atheism”; which, is not much different from the proselytizing followers of gods pointing fingers and applying pressure to join ranks.

How can one– especially of the artistic world of film– draw such thick lines to cross, and spend energy to belittle those most open to every life? Perhaps he’s since come off such staunch positioning. Only time can tell.

Where are you, dear reader, regarding agnosticism?

Nobody Wants to Repent

Interestingly enough, this post (below) on repentance came up in the “secularism” feed. There seems to be a good point about forgiveness, but it’s difficult to make out and reliant on being Christian. The best thing to do with something like this is to take the most troubling aspects and respond with human conscience. After reading the Original Post (OP), the points made here (above the line) are a reaction from one who is secular and lives by the Golden Rule . . . the secular version of which is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Babies are born unburdened by the idea that they are inherently destined to do bad by way of ‘sin’. When we teach children that they are ‘natural sinners’ who should expect grace (or punishment, depends on belief), then this is exactly how they end up treating themselves and others. Of course, thanks to secularism we are free to lead as such within our families, our churches, in evangelism on the street and at the front door when it is opened. Religious liberties are taken elsewhere, too.

A glaring untruth regarding responsibility of working conditions contained in this writing is the idea that when an “accident” has occurred, that no one was at fault. This is a way to pre-absolve the responsible care necessary in prevention of ignorance or abuse while at work. Accidents do happen, more so in a bad economy that is able to tilt against workers’ interests in favor of money savings (whether out of greed or necessity).

It cannot be denied that some people need to repent, in order to absolve themselves– more often their communities– of feelings of guilt. If this helps them to receive less unreasonable punishment which may not be deserved or may be, who is to say (and by the way what a contrast of examples given in this OP below) then so be it, in a secular society. Everyone has their version of self protection, often decided in haste at the last thoughtful moment.

Religion is a great responsibility; if you’re going to take on such mythology/belief in the name of community or anything else, it shouldn’t be used in any all-knowing sense but only in the most reasoned ways that avoid the oppression of others.


Everyone likes to see an evil person get the punishment everyone believes he deserves. When John Wayne Gacy was executed in 1994, few tears were shed on his behalf, and many comments mourned the fa…

Source: Nobody Wants to Repent

The Humanity of Various Belief

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Maybe You’re an Atheist  ∴

When we wonder if someone is atheist, or generally about their religious or belief preferences, often we’ll ask “Do you believe in God?” or “Do you believe in the Holy Trinity and that Jesus is the Christ?” Cut and dried, the answer is sought!

But we should realize that an atheist isn’t necessarily always so, just as a Christian isn’t necessarily always a practicing. This is part of the trouble with labels and the way we get attached to one story of ourselves. Can you imagine if you only ever read one story?

Definitely Not an Atheist

Take Tom Hanks for example. Greek Orthodox since having been married, like so many people the accomplished Hollywood actor has had ample exposure to several religions through various close family members and various life experiences. First Catholic, Hanks also had many Jewish friends in high school and with a Mormon mother (many prefer the term LDS) was sure to immerse into that culture as well.

In this way, Christians are a constantly evolving type of people drifting in and out this sect or that cult as life changes arise or as pastors come and go . . . all while evangelizing others to the church (when in fact they’re evangelists or even disciples, as part of the disciple’s job is to bring others into the particular religious fold).

Devotion to Viewpoints

There are atheist evangelists certain as disciples in their calling to reason others into believing their worthy Godless point of view. Too, there are Christians who attend only one church again and again their entire lives and atheists who convert to agnosticism. The list of callings goes on.

Human Nature

Yet we continue to place labels upon ourselves or to allow others to do so. It’s a little like donning a team jersey, only with serious soul implications (unless one’s an atheist).

We don those labels and participate in the culture of a group where members try to serve each other in the ways that can be worked out. That’s the [hopefully] positive community aspect of any group. What’s more difficult is to accept how attached some become to group ideologies and dogmas . . . especially when those dogmas are unsubstantiated and even harmful.

REF:

Kershaw, Tom. “Tom Hanks’ Religion and Political Views”. Blog Post.
The Hollowverse.  05 April 2012. Web. 09 February 2016. <http://hollowverse.com/tom-hanks/&gt;

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