While watching the “video” above, you may wonder…
Where’s the new mythology in all those silly cartoons?
Well, I think one function of any religion/mythology is to help us create balance…
And during the Winter Solstice—the darkest time of year—I believe we need to balance our moments of deep reverence…
…with a little levity.
Of course, we’re already creating plenty of Christmas levity. We use the holiday season as an excuse to shop ’til we drop and stuff ourselves and throw loud parties.
But at the same time, we criticize ourselves for losing the true meaning of Christmas. I say: let’s stop browbeating ourselves! Let’s resolve the conflict.
Lights, laughter, and frivolity should be part of our Christmas. We need that lightness during this dark time of year—maybe just as much as we need those moments of deep silent reverence. I said: maybe. In any case, we need to balance one with the other.
© 2015, Michael R. Patton