A lot has been said in the past couple of weeks about what I, and others, believe. A lot has been said around the nation, even the world, about Christmas, its meaning, and how it came to be. But I won’t be drawn into that right now.
This post is not about taking sides.
This post is about what I *do* believe. Some of these beliefs are conclusions based on observable fact. many of them are emotional ideals, unprovable, and based on nothing more than the way I might wish things were.
I believe we only go around once.
I believe it solely up to us to decide what sort of life we will lead.
I believe that every human being is absolutely equal. None of us asked to be here. All of us are going to leave here.
I believe that if anyone has value, then everyone has value.
I believe we are stronger working together than working against each other.
I believe things are slowly getting better, not worse.
I believe compassion is emotional glue that holds people together.
I believe selfishness is a fire that destroys.
I believe we make our own meaning, our own purpose, and fill our lives with it, whatever we choose.
I believe we have the power to change our minds.
I believe that if anyone is calling us to action, it is our own minds, our own hearts, willing us closer to our fellow man.
I believe we are capable of destroying ourselves.
I believe we are capable of ending war and destruction.
I believe every action is rooted in human choice.
I believe the decision to accept another person just as they are is the root of compassion.
I believe compassion for others is the one thing most religions get right.
I believe religions get a lot of other things very wrong.
I believe holidays like Christmas are beautiful, not for their history, but for the spirit of giving and loving kindness they inspire.
I believe the spirit of compassion must be cultivated.
I believe we are born with a deep desire to have compassion poured upon us.
I believe learning to give to others what we desire for ourselves is the key to a better world.
I believe humanity’s survival is our choice.
I believe nurturing compassion in our lives and our communities is critical to that survival in an ever more crowded world.
I believe becoming compassionate is only as far away as wanting it to be so.
I believe actions speak louder than words.
I believe consistent action over a long period of time speaks more than has ever been written or said.
I believe the “Christmas Spirit” is our emotional desire to be at peace with every other human in the world.
I believe the people that desire that will eventually outnumber those that don’t.
I believe there is no ideal time – we have to start right now.
I believe wanting something for nothing is wrong.
I believe wanting nothing for something is the epitome of compassion.
I believe our government should reflect our highest ideals.
I believe one of our highest ideals is to care for those in need.
I believe it is worth being taken advantage of on occasion in order to feed, clothe and house the poor.
I believe Christmas should be a reminder to care for the poorest among us all year, not just an occasion to do it once.
I believe love is action.
I believe Christ was right when he said to love our enemies.
I believe that if we can learn to love our enemies, our love for family and friends will deepen.
I believe every word said in anger hurts the whole world.
I believe I’ve caused a lot of hurt.
I believe I have the power to heal those hurts, one compassionate act at a time.
I believe in you.
I hope you believe in me.
I’m sure I’ll think of more, but I have to stop somewhere. I hope during this holiday every person will shed the separation of dogma and particular religious belief for the togetherness of being human, together, on this small, beautiful world.