In the wake of the Charlottesville, VA protests, one thing has become crystal clear:
- One side is motivated by fear, which leads to anger, anger to hate.
- One side throws around emotionally-charged language, calling the other side traitors to America.
- One side refuses to give any ground, refuses to honestly hear the other side out.
- One side sees the other as everything that’s wrong with this country. If only that side would leave America, she would be truly great again.
- One side has been trying to “white-wash” history for years.
- One side is just itching for another Civil War.
- One side is on a witch hunt, ready to destroy complicated people over voicing their opinions and utilizing their civil right as Americans to freely speak out without fear of repercussions.
- One side can’t or won’t see that where and how the other side lives plays a big role in that side’s opinions on politics, etc.
- One side’s idealism is the most important thing to them, higher than the people who make America great (i.e. Americans), higher than the laws that make America safe, higher than any religious precepts of peace. The idea, and not the reality, is the number one thing.
- One side resembles fascism in it’s complete devotion to the idea, and the utter destruction (so far verbally, reputation-wise, financially) of anyone who even appears to question it. There is no neutrality in this side’s eyes, how much less room is there for all sides?
- One side is more than willing to resort to violence as a catalyst for change, “if necessary.”
- Will one side stop at nothing for their ideal America to be realized? That remains to be seen.
Which side am I talking about? If you only see one side or the other, you are part of the problem. United we stand, divided we fall.
Why does Halloween fascinate us?
What is it about fall and cooler weather that makes us turn towards dark and creepy things? Catalogs are beginning to fill up with black, gross products featuring death and decay. Stores are stocking their shelves with all variety of costumes and candy. Advertisements for haunted houses and hay rides are popping up, and people are beginning to break out their decorations to celebrate.
Now I love dressing up and I love fall, but I do not like Halloween. Or do I? Why do I feel drawn to it? Why do I long for wild autumn nights when the bare trees cast terrible shadows on the walls of my bedroom? I used to love ghost stories but stopped reading them a long time ago (something about lack of sleep and paranoia…). Why do I want to dust them off now?
I have viewed Halloween as a kind of celebration of death for ten years. Why now, do I want to trick-or-treat with my kids? Why do I have a sudden urge, now that the weather is cooler and the leaves are turning, to hypocritically watch Harry Potter films (which I don’t really like and have written elsewhere about why) and read Edgar Allen Poe by candlelight? I am a strong Christian, so why am I tempted by the portrayal of mystics and Pagans chanting while holding crystals with lit candles?
Is it simply cultural norms that have trained me to yearn for these things at this time? Is it something innate about my human nature that naturally thinks of death at this time of year?
The Reasons for God website takes a spiritual look at things and ponders whether people are looking for “some combination of the following:”
- Practical help for life
- Escape from the ordinary and boring
- A new and unusual experience
- Special knowledge
One professor and author wrote that he believed people were looking for escapism and thrills, with some interesting insights on the masks people tend to wear everyday. (http://news.wfu.edu/2012/10/30/fascinated-by-fear/)
Another writer thinks Halloween is enjoyed so much because it gives people an opportunity to conquer their fears. (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psychology-writers/201110/confronting-terror)
And Seth’s blog simply states, “Because everyone else does.
Why do you or don’t you, celebrate Halloween?