Kind­ness fo­cus of sea­son

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Opinion - Peter Long

It al­ways sur­prises me we con­tinue to cel­e­brate the birth of a child who lived 2000 years ago.

We usu­ally re­mem­ber the fa­mous guys — the kings or the war­riors. But when we look at the his­tory of those peo­ple, often they weren’t very nice.

They may have robbed the poor, black­mailed, dou­ble-crossed, killed and mur­dered — no won­der we don’t re­mem­ber their birthdays.

But Je­sus was a nice guy, a good guy.

I won­der if we re­mem­ber him be­cause he was good, or be­cause he did mir­a­cles, or be­cause he started a re­li­gion, which is still go­ing now, 2000 years later.

What­ever the rea­son, if he is still watch­ing us, I guess he is pretty dis­ap­pointed. Two thou­sand years! Maybe we have im­proved a bit, though Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Pol Pot and other as­sorted mass mur­der­ers, ter­ror­ists and dic­ta­tors don’t look good for the hu­man race.

So often, we act like a bunch of er­rant chil­dren, do­ing any­thing we can to get what we want.

And some of us use vi­o­lence, fear and in­tim­i­da­tion to get it.

Maybe this Christ­mas, we should try to im­prove the im­age of the hu­man race — to look at what we can per­son­ally do to make things bet­ter.

As the singer Jewel said: “In the end, only kind­ness mat­ters”.

I am sure we could all learn from that.

Have a beaut fes­tive break — be safe and come back re­ju­ve­nated.

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