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A Change of Culture
Earlier this month I watched a new holiday movie on the Hallmark Channel.
Larry and I have watched a lot of Hallmark holiday movies over the years because of their positive themes, but this one was different in a way that really related to what we are doing here with Lifely.
Love, Lights, Hanukkah is the story of an adopted Christian woman who loses her adoptive mother and then meets her birth mother, who is Jewish. The theme of the movie is about the problems and rewards of this woman integrating into her new family, who has a completely different culture.
I immediately saw the parallels between the movie and our Lifely work. What we are doing here is nothing less than creating a new culture based on Life rather than industrial consumerism, and we are wanting the world to make this transition along with us.
As I thought about this after the movie, I realized that going through such a change of culture is not as unusual or rare as I thought. Each of us in our lifetimes goes through dramatic cultural changes that are even bigger than a change of lifestyle. The transition from a family home to living on your own, the transition to being married and having your own family, a move from one area of the country to another or to another country. We are adaptable, resilient, and new cultures can even be interesting and a move up from where we were before.
I can see in my own life that I have gone through several major shifts in this lifetime that resulted in living in very different ways, each one better than the last.
So now, transitioning away from industrialization and establishing a new culture of living according to Life doesn’t seem like such a big leap to me. It’s a natural progression. An evolution.
And I love where we’re going.
By the end of the movie, she and her new family decided to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas together—adding the new but keeping the old and familiar. And that's what Larry and I are doing. We were both raised with Christmas, so we celebrate Winter Solstice together and with friends who celebrate Winter Solstice. And we also celebrate Christmas with our families. And if we knew people who clelbrate other holidays we would join in with their celebrations when invited.
Now I'm not saying we should ultimately keep industrialization and add Life. We need to move to a culture based on Life in order for life on earth to continue.
But prior to industrialization, Life expressed itself in many unique cultures based on the uniqueness of places around the world. And we as humans need to allow for those differences that spring naturally from Life while at the same time recognizing our similarities as a species. We are all at the same time both unique and similar and we need to honor both in our lives.
While Larry and I have celebrated Winter Solstice for thirty-three years now, we do also celebrate Christmas with those in our immediate circle who celebrate Christmas.