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Christmas is being celebrated every year. It is a time for family celebrations, vacations, parties and gifts.
Talking about Christmas gives me a chance to look at the other side of the coin – that which is not about fun and parties. I am talking about the men who cut the trees so we can have a beautiful Christmas tree inside our house with all the trimmings during Christmas time. These men earn money out of cutting pine trees. People will do anything to earn money.
We live 364 days in a year so we will be able to celebrate Christmas for just one day. We see ourselves shopping for the best food, clothing and gifts during this day. We see ourselves travelling great lengths just so we can be with the family during this event. The amount of money spent during Christmas is alarming. The amount of food wasted during organization and/or company parties during Christmas is not being considered while some do not have food to eat in an ongoing basis. Some poor people receive some alms from the wealthy during Christmas but this only happens one day in a year. Where will the poor get their food for the rest of the year? That is the question we have to ask.
Last Christmas, my partner and I went to a store here in Dallas and I saw real Christmas trees cut at the bottom part, removed from its root. It’s the tree’s life-support. This is being done just to decorate people’s homes to celebrate this yearly event. When Christmas is over, I see the same trees littering the sidewalk. The store I mentioned has an award for saving the environment displayed on the wall. A blackboard outside the store reads: We plant 2 trees for every tree we cut. We justify the killing of trees by planting new ones. Do we kill older children when we are giving birth to new ones? No, that will be cruel and stupid, yet we apply this death illogic to trees. This is the degree of inequality in our world. We have to stand up and say, “This is unacceptable”.
In an Equal Money System, we will celebrate Christmas but we will stop cutting trees. Every human, animal and plant are being given nourishment by the earth and it does so unconditionally. As we receive from the earth, so we give to all equally . In an equal money system we are going to celebrate life with our family and neighbors because we see fun in living life as equals who support each other to ensure we all have a happy and fulfilled life.