Generosity and hospitality are quite counter-cultural at the moment.
There is much about defending what is ours and not much about giving freely of what we have. In Australia, where I live, the sheer awfulness of the treatment of asylum seekers is difficult to comprehend.
In Australia the current government wishes to sell off collective (government owned) assets to private corporates.
Competition is still regarded as the basis of social relations by some. Instead of something to improve sporting (and in modest, some other) skills.
And yet we enjoy and celebrate giving freely and generously, especially at this time of year. And, though we don’t pay a lot of attention to it, in many ways throughout the year.
- We freely give attention to others and listen to them.
- Most of us, most of them, give small acts of courtesy without thinking about it.
- We value harmony in our close relationships, and are tired of petty squabbling by politicians.
- Many of us do long for politicians to have the integrity and courage to act to save the planet, even if at some cost to our lifestyles.
The spirit of Christmas is alive, in our close relationships most obviously. And would revolutionise our world if applied more widely.
I invite you to find a quiet moment, perhaps once Christmas is over, and contemplate what it would mean to live out a little more of the subversive spirit of Christmas.