The Art of Debate:
It’s been a while since I posted an opinion piece and while my opinion may not matter to you, listening to other people’s opinions and accepting that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion matters, and should matter to everyone.
The problem today, as I see it, is that everyone is entitled to their own opinion as long as it is the opinion someone else agrees is the valid one. In the past, people debated. They discussed their side of the story, and the other listened, and then rebutted the statement. No one worked up the crowd of onlookers to get them to support their side. They argued the topic logically and clearly. They didn’t scream for censorship, demand statues be removed, beloved authors’ books tossed out, and songs played for over fifty years to be banned. They agreed to disagree.
You didn’t like a song? You didn’t play it? You didn’t like a book? You didn’t read it? You disagreed with someone’s actions in the past? You vowed not to repeat the actions in the present or future. You did not vilify the people of the past. You respected that things were different back then. You were grateful that things are better now–well some things are better now, but as far as I’m concerned, we are heading in the wrong direction by imposing views and values on others simply because the unknown masses feel it should be that way.
Case in point. I was amazed by the posts purporting that a Nebraska principal had banned candy canes. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/school-principal-bans-candy-canes-believing-j-shape-represents-jesus I
didn’t actually believe it. I mean seriously? I’m glad clearer heads have prevailed.
I thought that was as bad as it got until I saw this today: someone has applied the same reasoning they are using to ban “Baby, It’s Cold Outside, to the Christmas story.
This is too much. It has to stop. We cannot keep looking at events from times past through the lens of today.
I am sick and tired of all the nonsense surrounding Christmas. Yes, it has become the most commercialized holiday on the planet, and most people don’t give two hoots– no offence to owls–about the real reason for the season, so why do we keep doing this year after year? I’m done. I don’t care whether you say Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays. Just to put things in perspective, there are 14 religious holidays celebrated at this time of year.
and don’t forget the cultural feasts as well.
Now, on to the great music debate.
Instead of focusing on what’s wrong with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” I have a few other suggestions. Remember, these are all tongue in cheek.
The Christmas Song:
Reason: Dangerous behavior, offends those who have lost homes and loved ones to fire.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Need I say more?
Santa Claus is Coming to Town:
Reason: Stalker behavior
See you when you’re sleeping, knows when you’re awake.– Need I say more?
Christmas by The Chipmunks
Reason: Encourages children to be greedy and disrespectful, parental abuse
ALVIN! Need I say more/
Reason: Promotes greed bribing Santa
Hurry down my chimney tonight with those gifts from Tiffany’s
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer:
Reason: Disrespects the elderly. Animal involved in the collision might have to be destroyed.
Clearly Grandma was a lush and no one really cares about her, only about the gifts.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Reason: Supports bullying, singles out those who have birth defects
Red nose, not being allowed to play in the reindeer games
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Reason: Cheating? Subjecting a kid to soft porn.
The kid seems to think Mom is being a little too friendly with the man in the red suit.
All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
Reason: Offends those with a speech impediment and people with truly poor dental hygiene from malnutrition of drugs.
Kids do have trouble with certain sounds without their teeth, not to mention it’s hard to eat corn on the cob or apples.
Frosty the Snowman
Reason: Gender discrimination
Why not snow-person which would be more inclusive?
A white Christmas with snow is supposed to be good, A black Christmas, without snow is supposed to be bad.
So, in a nutshell–not to offend anyone allergic to nuts, like me, let’s take a moment to just stop and breathe, enjoy the season, such as it is and have fun again instead of over analysing everything.
Enjoy, the lights, the songs, and the joy of the festive season. I plan to.