Hopefully everyone is at a point where they are ready to celebrate the holidays. I know I am. I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
I’d also like to ask everyone to remember those who are not able to join their friends and family this Christmas. There is of course the obvious, which has been much talked about of late: those who are currently at work because retailers actually think customers want to shop at a place where they know the employees are not happy, and that whatever extra money the store makes from being open longer will somehow balance this out.
There’s a good point to be made in that.
But what is often left out of the public discussion is that there are huge groups of people who have not been able to join us for these holiday celebrations all along.
On that note, let’s also remember everyone who lives on the streets and has nowhere to go except for a box in an alley.
Those who languish in prison, often due to petty and nonviolent offenses, or to miscarriages of justice.
Those in the military who are deployed overseas.
Those who are non-custodial parents living far away from their families, or who live five minutes away but are unable to see their children because they simply lack the equal right to do so.
And of course, those who cannot be with us due to to the fact that they are simply no longer alive; who have died before their time due to illness, or to suicide, or to working in dangerous conditions.
These people are overwhelmingly men and boys. To them, missing out on heartwarming celebrations among family and friends isn’t something that just happens “this year,” but is characteristic of their very lives. Let’s remember them as we finish up this year, and try to make the world a better place in 2014.
Stay warm and safe on the roads this Christmas, folks. I’ll be posting another article on the 26th. Take care, and cheers.