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December 24, 2005

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john

Abiola,

Where do you stand on every day deserving to be like Christmas or none at all? Do you have a preference amongst these options?

Though I clearly understand you are opposed to the inauthenticity encountered, would you more highly value a world where every day was Christmas?

John

Abiola

That would depend on what exactly one meant by "Christmas", wouldn't it? Outside of the superficial kitschy trappings, I don't see that everyone really has a common shared definition of what the import of the holiday is - what do you think is shared between the celebration of "Christmas" in the American Bible Belt, a nominally Christian but mostly religiously indifferent Britain, a fervently evangelical southern Nigeria in which snow and reindeer are unheard of, and a Japan which lacks the European pagan festive background and in which barely 1% of the population even claims to adhere to Christianity?

To the extent that Christmas represents the celebration of certain personal virtues like good neighborliness, forgiveness, etc, then yes, every day should be like Christmas; to the extent it represents faux-generosity, a supposedly hoary "tradition" which was invented barely a century ago, never-ending broadcasts of saccharine Bing Crosby hits and an excuse for the gluttinous and incontinent to pig out and drink too much, no day should be like it. Generally speaking, my preference is for people to practice the virtues they claim to believe in quietly without making a big fuss about doing so, just like a certain semi-mythical Nazarene preacher is said to have instructed two millenia ago - "let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth" ...

Earl

Merry Christmas Abiola!

Earl

On another note, have you seen Great Teacher Onizuka? How does it rate vis-a-vis Gokusen?

Abiola

"Merry Christmas Abiola!"

Har har. Whatever.

"How does it rate vis-a-vis Gokusen?"

*Nothing* can beat GTO.

Scott Wickstein

Maybe it's your northern Hemisphere thing that makes Christmas seem nonsense. Here in Australia, it is just about the start of high summer, a wonderful time to down tools, over-indulge and generally let the hair down.

Australia won't return back to work properly until the end of January now. That whole "Christmas in July" meme really does make more sense for the northern hemisphere.

Also, treacle sentiment is what makess the social world go round. The rationalist hates to admit it but it is true. (He says after a 10 hour drinking ande eating binge.)

Oh well. Happy Gokusen Day!!!

Abiola

"Here in Australia, it is just about the start of high summer, a wonderful time to down tools, over-indulge and generally let the hair down."

Well, if I had the kind of weather you guys do down under, every day would seem a lot more like a holiday.

"Also, treacle sentiment is what makess the social world go round. The rationalist hates to admit it but it is true."

What a work is man, how riddled with flaws and inanities ...

"Oh well. Happy Gokusen Day!!!"

And a vigorous Festivus to you too, with much Airing of Grievances and many Feats of Strength!

radek

"an excuse for the gluttinous and incontinent to pig out and drink too much, no day should be like it"

No, actually a day here or there should be like it. That's pretty much why we have holidays in general, to over indulge a bit and break the monotony of the rest of the year. Currently I'm eating the leftovers from an eight course meal from last night. It gives one a certain feeling of bliss.

So I guess the optimal distribution of days would be forgiveness, neighborigness days all the time, sugar-coated vapid sentimental days never, and a few days in a year to get trully hedonistic or epicurean.

John Brothers

"an excuse for the gluttinous and incontinent to pig out and drink too much"

For God's sake, Abiola, when you get to be my age, gluttony and drunkenness is all that's left. My whole life to date has been over-governed by wowsers like yourself. Don't criticise the mid-westerners, they're just like you. Kill-joys all of 'em. In Ozzie we have a great saying for kill-joys - "Get a life!" Good advice. Follow it while you still got it man. It doesn't last that long I can tell you.

Abiola

"In Ozzie we have a great saying for kill-joys - "Get a life!" Good advice. Follow it while you still got it man."

Whatever. If you truly subscribed to your own platitudes, wouldn't you make *every* day one long orgy of eating and drinking? Why not "live" all the other 364 days of the year then? The real wowser here is you, for needing permission from the rest of the world to indulge your epicurean pleasures on any particular day, and in any case I at least am fortunate enough to have other pleasures in my life than you seem to care for.

Sebastian Holsclaw

"Whatever. If you truly subscribed to your own platitudes, wouldn't you make *every* day one long orgy of eating and drinking? Why not "live" all the other 364 days of the year then?"

You're saying that to an Aussie? Are you so sure he doesn't?

:)

bettany

Merry Xmas scrooge!

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