Merry Christmas, happy holidays, deck the halls, peace on Earth, good will toward people, pandas, and puffins, and… so on. I would really love to linger here. I love the holiday rituals, and especially gathering with my family. I love pretending for a moment we mean the things we say and sing about peace and love and solidarity, and one great human family of common cause.
But this year, I have found the contrast between platitude and practice more jarring than ever. I receive news alerts nearly every day, as I’m sure do you, about the devastation we are perpetrating on the planet, our shared home.