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December 23rd, 2004

Rob Brezsny Christmas

I had wished for a cold Christmas. It just doesn't seem like Christmas when you're wearing shorts and sweating. Then I walked outside this morning and thought, "Omfg, I'm a friggin' idiot." It's cold - it's fucking freezing. How cold & miserable is it? There's a 10% chance it may snow on Christmas Day...in Louisiana. The mere thought of this has sent most citizens into a flurry of excitement. It would be cool, but I'm really not into this cold stuff. You Yankees can have your 1-digit and below temperatures, your snow plows and wool longjohns. Not for me, no, thank you.

My sister emailed me and said I needed to stop being a Grinch and to remember the true meaning of Xmas = fun along with alcohol and crazy families. She's right. There are worse things I could be doing than enjoying the holiday with my family - like being at work for one. Getting off of work is reason enough to celebrate!

In his weekly horoscope mailing, Rob Brezsny had written a beautiful little blurb on the man who's non-birthday we're soon to be celebrating. I couldn't agree more with what he wrote, and I'd like to share it with you here:

Fundamentalist Christians send me hate mail. Religious zealots have banned my last book. Along with meditation, yoga, and sex for fun, the powers-that-be at the Vatican has declared astrology to be dangerous to your spiritual health.

All of these people would no doubt be shocked if they learned that Jesus Christ is one of the Main High Dudes in my pantheon of gods. They seem to believe that people like me -- goddess-worshiping tantric sufi Qabalist Buddhist pagans who hang around with zen trickster witches and espouse a socialist libertarian political philosophy -- couldn't possibly have an intimate relationship with the cosmic hero they claim to own. They must think they have commandeered the trademark to one of the sweetest avatars in history!

But I do have an intimate relationship with Jesus. How could I not? He was a champion of women's rights, a threat to the established political order, and a radical spiritual activist who worked outside religious institutions. The dude owned nothing and was a passionate advocate for the poor and underprivileged. He was uncompromisingly opposed to violence and war. Besides that, he was a master of love and he devoted his life to serving the Divine Intelligence. I want to be like him when I grow up!

"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle," he allegedly said, "than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." That's a pretty clear statement of his position towards plutocratic accumulators of property and wealth.

"Love your enemies," he said, "do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." How any militarist promoting global arms sales and pre-emptive war could claim an affinity with Jesus is incomprehensible.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

So I feel better about the whole thing - even if it isn't "really" his birthday, I jive with the man so it's all good. And besides there's much good food, alcohol & crazy family moments to look forward to; how can you not enjoy that?

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