This is Lewis Black. If you have littles, you'll know him as the voice of anger in the film Inside Out. If you enjoyed The Daily Show, you saw his hilarious commentaries on the ridiculousness of life. He kind of always looks like an unmade bed and gets on some serious righteous indignation. I joke (not really) that on the outside I may look like a peacenik, but on the inside I'm Lewis Black. I am currently having a Lewis Black moment over these:
....Starbuck's red cups. I think they're pretty. Apparently others do not, or rather feel that they have omitted an important reference to the upcoming December holiday. If you've missed this you can follow the link here. One extremely conservative dude decided that he'd had enough of Starbucks political correctness and took his attitude and his gun (I'm not kidding) into the coffee shop and told them his name was Merry Christmas, forcing them to say the words. He was really proud of this decision and called for others with similar views to do the same and then to post a pic with hashtag merrychristmasstarbucks. And of course, the lemmings of the world took heed and did so, because, you know, the war on Christmas.
Ah, people, must we do this every year? If there is any sort of war, it is being waged by the extreme right who get their noses out of joint every time anyone doesn't live and breathe in the same direction they do. I fail to see what sort of victory was accomplished by taking your firearm into a Starbucks and tricking (his words) them into saying Christmas. Nobody is trying to take anything away from you guys. It is YOU who refuse to play nice. Maybe Starbucks ought to make the cups blue for the Jews, or green for the Pagans, or oranges and browns for those who celebrate Kwanzaa, or I could go on for awhile here. I think red is nice. You can take it and decorate it with any sort of holiday theme you like. Take stickers, colored pens. Get an extra large so you can draw the whole damn nativity if it makes you happy, just shut the h*ll up. We get it.
I often wonder what Jesus would have to say about all of this. (Other than 5 bucks for coffee? wtf?) It is his birthday, after all, and he could chose his own color scheme and party theme. I bet, and I'm only guessing here, that he would invite everyone, regardless of their color or spiritual proclivity, and be kind and loving to the whole bunch. Maybe a few of the party goers might find this Jesus cat kind of interesting and seek to learn more. Maybe others would keep on being secure in their own spiritual (or lack there of) path and carry on. Either way, it's still a good party.
The upcoming holiday season should be about peace and love, just like every other day of the year. Peace and love, people, not red cups and pricey coffee. (delicious coffee) Let's all just simmer down (me included) and take it one breath at a time. Everyone's life, and holiday, has value. No better time of the year to start acting like it. Namaste.