Surviving the "Holidays": An Atheist's Lament
I recently had a discussion with people about the so-called "Holiday Season" that we are already beginning to be inundated in.
As an atheist, I see Christmas as more evidence that many (NOTE: not all) religious people do not know what they truly believe, much less what they are doing, or how to THINK rationally about what they are saying and doing.
Christmas was supposed to be about the virgin birth of an alleged "Savior" who actually is "god," in human form coming to die for our sins, that we committed against him... so I guess he's apologizing to himself for our sins offending him (so it's already unbelievable).
Anyway.... we somehow get Santa, evergreen trees being cut down and pulled indoors, another plant hanging from the ceiling to prompt kissing, lights being put on the outside of houses, and ridiculous consumer overspending on items that usually aren't deemed to be "necessities."
The phrases like..."buy now and save" do not make any sense either. Think about it... "buy now and save"... or "don't buy it at all because you don't need it and save all of your money that you would have otherwise wasted."
Religious holidays do not make sense and neither do the commercials that accompany them... yet people gobble this crap up like its crack.
Christmas= Santa and overspending
Easter= candy, hiding eggs, and bunnies?
Semi-secular Thanksgiving (initially was thanking "God" for good harvests, even though the people had done all the work) = Parades, Football, Overeating, and of course, Black Friday (consumer mania, once again, usually for non-necessities).
So what's my point?
"WHY are YOU ATTACKING religion!?!?"
"Why can't you just let people be happy?"
"Why can't you just enjoy the holidays like everyone else?"
- Why? - Because its all made up, pointless, and frankly, it insults my intelligence.
I'm pointing out how none of this makes sense and how our country is filled with consumers rather than thinkers. Do people even know why they do what they do? Do people even have the capability to stop, think, and rationalize their holiday-related actions?
I wish they did.
Feel free to hate on me.