The Common Good

We Thank Thee O Lord...Dear Santa

Sojomail - November 27, 2002

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++++++++++++ We Thank Thee O Lord...Dear Santa ++++++++++++++

 Q u o t e   o f   t h e   W e e k
     *True abundance
     
 S p i r i t u a l   P r a c t i c e s
     *All I want for Christmas
     
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Q u o t e   o f   t h e   W e e k
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"One's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions."

                - Jesus (Luke 12:15)

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We Thank Thee O Lord...Dear Santa

SojoMail is taking the week off for Thanksgiving, but we couldn't let the beginning of this season of promise and paradox pass without comment.

Is it ironic or strangely appropriate that the day set aside to thank God for our many blessings is immediately followed by the biggest shopping day of the year - that consumer frenzy in which we attempt to answer the somewhat oxymoronic question: "What do you get for the person who has everything?"

In messages Tony Campolo has given recently, he's proposed a radical answer to that question: "NOTHING!" And Tony isn't the first to suggest that "yes, Virginia, there will still be a Christmas even if you don't spend, spend, spend." Wall Street may remain unconvinced, but if you're wavering, here's a few links to check out:

*Buy Nothing Day 2003 - November 29
http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd/

*Buy Nothing Day UK - November 30
http://www.buynothingday.co.uk/home.html

*Buy Nothing Christmas
http://www.buynothingchristmas.org/

*Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?
http://www.simpleliving.org/xb/xbcover.html

*The Center for a New American Dream
http://www.newdream.org/holiday/index.html

*The Simple Living Network
http://www.simpleliving.net/news/resource.asp?sku=bhdh

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