‘I Find Your Lack of’ Respect ‘Disturbing’

It was a nice Christmas.

I received gifts that I will certainly enjoy.  I gave gifts that I hope are enjoyed.  As usual, my wife out did herself with the baking and preparation of a great Christmas dinner.  I enjoyed visiting with my mom and sister.  I hadn’t seen them since July.  It was a pleasant holiday.

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One Christmas Day hitch…

A preface… I am not a person who is devout to any organized religion.  I don’t go to church.  BUT… I do respect those that have chosen to be religious and devoted to their faith – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, whatever.  I get it.  I see no problem with a need to follow customs and rituals that help with a person’s spirituality.  I don’t even see a problem with folks of faith wanting to talk about their beliefs and try to find others of like mind.

With that said, though, on Christmas morning my respect for a particular religion/faith tanked pretty hard.

There was a knock at the door on Christmas morning.  I opened the door to find two well-dressed young men standing there holding pamphlets and a book that I immediately figured was a bible (couldn’t see the cover).  As a person who tries to be respectful of those that feel compelled to spread their “Word”, I let them give me a speech about keeping families together and healing rifts between family members.  They even quoted me some scripture.  I had no problem with that, though, I was a bit irritated at being disturbed on Christmas morning while with my family.

Now let me make sure to point out that I was not paying real close attention to which version of Christianity these people represented.  Yeah, I’m sometimes kinda slow that way.  I did, however, think it was odd that they did not mention Christmas at all during this encounter. But the possible reason for that didn’t sink in.  So, I took the proffered pamphlet at the end of their spiel and nodded to them as they departed and went back inside.

Upon explaining what had transpired at the door to the rest of my family, it was quickly pointed out to me that they were Jehovah’s witnesses.  Yes, I then had that “duh” moment as the lack of mention of Christmas was caught by my rusty steel trap mind and suddenly made sense.  So, on Christmas day, these folks were out spreading their “Word” to those of us who might actually be celebrating Christmas.  Remember, among other special occasions, Jehovah’s witnesses don’t celebrate Christmas.

Within seconds of getting through that moment of realization, a small burning irritation for being disturbed developed into a searing flame.  I suddenly felt very disrespected by these two pricks and their religion.  Like I said, I’m not a religious man, but I was raised in a Christian family that are NOT Jehovah’s Witnesses and DO celebrate Christmas as other Christian faiths do.  So, I celebrate Christmas with my family.  I’ve got zero problem if you and yours don’t.

But these two had the gall to disturb people that celebrate Christmas on Christmas day in an effort to spread their beliefs.  To me, that is just a complete lack of respect to those that live and believe differently than they do.  I mean I have Christmas lights up. So, as they approached, I have no how they could have thought that there was no chance that the people in my house celebrated Christmas.  If I were them, I would have been respectful enough to not approach that house on the off chance that I might be disturbing the occupants’ holiday.  I would not knowingly wish a Jehovah’s witness a Merry Christmas or Happy Birthday out of respect for his/her beliefs.  So, why did they not respect others’ beliefs/customs enough to not disturb them on their holiday?  Their little mission could have waited a day.

I know this rant might be a bit much over something kind of trivial, but dammit what the fuck happened to respect for others in this world?  I have no recollection of any other Christian faith – or any religion for that matter – ever knocking on my or any of my family’s doors on Christmas morning to spread their “Word”.  My guess is that’s because the other Christians were at home or at church celebrating Christmas, or if not Christian, they were off doing their own thing and leaving those that celebrate Christmas alone on their holiday.  The bottom line is that my respect for Jehovah’s witnesses – at least the two disrespectful turds that knocked on my door on Christmas morning – dropped quite a bit.

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The Force Has, Indeed, Awakened… Again

So the family and I went to see Star Wars, Episode 7 this morning.  It was good.  It was very good, in my opinion.  J.J. Abrams did a great job bringing Star Wars back to what it was originally meant to be.  I will have to watch again… multiple times 😉

Don’t get me wrong.  I liked the prequels… well, as much as any true SW fan can like them, I guess.  But as I see it, Lucas went off the rails with 1, 2 & 3.  He sold out?  His life views changed?  All I know is that the prequels did not do justice to the original three, and from where I stand, did not do justice to the spectacle that Lucas, himself, had created Star Wars to be with those original three movies.

But J.J. did a smart thing (probably among many) to get episode 7 back where SW belonged.  He brought Lawrence Kasdan back into the mix to write the screenplay.  That was one of the big parts of what made the original 3 such great movies.  Lucas had the help of Kasdan with episodes 5 and 6, and I think that is what helped keep the SW saga great.  So, with Kasdan back in the writer’s chair for 7, it already had a lot going for it.  It brought back the “feel” of the original three.

I’ll leave it at that.  It sure wasn’t 1977 again, but it was close.  If you like Star Wars at all, go see it.  My dad would have loved it 🙂

Shadows and Christmas

Christmas is coming.  That’s not a bad thing.  Honestly, I could do without some of the stress and emotions that seem to be associated with this time of year.  But it’s still not a bad time of year.  Visiting family is always good.  Exchanging gifts can be fun.  There’s always good food.  I LOVE cookies.  I don’t mind winter, either.

With that in mind, I am wishing those that read this a Merry Christmas, and please, take that as what you like it to mean: Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, etc.  I say Merry Christmas because I was raised saying that.  I am not about to justify it more or less than that.  I am simply wishing for you to enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year.  I celebrate Christmas.

I’ve been working on Mind the Shadows, but it’s going slow.  I have been distracted by other stuff, for one thing.  I’ve recently upgraded my PC for a better iRacing experience.  I have been busy getting ready for Christmas here at the house.  My garage project, while now on hold until after the first of the year, just recently went on hold.

I have also been trying to figure out where to take this next.  It’s not as easy a task as I thought it might be when I started putting “pen to paper”.  Obviously, Marek has quite a bit of stuff going on with losing his Grandpa – his only family.  Oh, yeah, that pesky manifestation of magick might be playing a little on his mind, too 😉

I assure you that I’m ramping up to more action and interesting things.  After all, this wouldn’t be much of a story if it ended with Marek being sad and scared over the loss of his grandfather.

I feel bad for him in this situation.  Marek had to start telling his story from somewhere, and this is truly where it all started for him.  Plus, all this was the major motivation for Marek to take some risks and jump start his life.  I feel like Marek was kind of a middle-of-the-road young guy that was almost too content.  Grandpa dying and him becoming Awakened in a very short amount of time are serious catalysts to get Marek off his butt and find out what is needed of him and what he needs to do.

I hope I showed that a little.

Beside that,  we know Jammer is going to have questions about Grandpa’s letter, right?  Of course, he is.  That’s part of what makes Jammer, well, Jammer.  He’s curious about stuff.  He likes to understand things, especially technical stuff.  He also cares about his best friend, and is certainly concerned about all this working out for Marek.  So, the mysterious letter and Marek’s well-being is definitely piquing Jammer’s curiosity.

Anyway, that’s where my head is at the moment.  And I’m ending on a “good note” with this piece of music in my ears.

Good night…