Well, I didn’t give any Christmas posts this year. For one, I’ve been really busy. I just got back from a whirlwind trip to New York City with my brother, his wife, and her sister. It was a lot of fun. We got to see alot ot the city, especially considering that we were only there for a little over 24 hours.
One thing that we saw got my thoughts going more than I’d expected. When driving towards the Lincoln Tunnel from the NJ Turnpike, we saw a large billboard. Across the top were four words: Character, Identity, Family, Tradition. Under that was a rather non-descipt picture of a Middle-East city, and the web address for Why Islam. I pointed it out to my brother, remarking smugly that I don’t know that most Muslims would like that billboard. Greg pointed out that it was odd that the people who commissioned the billboard chose these four words, instead of the Five Pillars of Islam.
It reminded me of something else that I had seen recently. During the election, TV in Florida was flooded with political ads. Thankfully those ads are now gone. But they’ve been replaced by ads that are even more confusing. One in particular features a man and his family stuck in traffic. He is getting very angry that no one is letting him in, and begins bemoaning the state of the world. His little daughter then delightfully proclaims, “hey, this lady’s letting you in!” The commercial then closes with the daughter making another exclimation, this time because her father has let another car go infront of them. “Just this one, ” he says with a smile to his daughter. The announcer then tells us that life would be better if we followed this simple example. They hammer this home with the name of their organization: The Foundation for a Better Life.
When I first saw the ad, I could have sworn it would be either from some local non-denom mega-church or the LDS. But the FBL is not affiliated with any particular faith. According to their website, they just want to promote virtuous living. If everyone lives like this, the world would be a better place. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
But take another look at the above link. They have no less than 52 different vitues that they are trying to promote on this site. FIFTY TWO!
Another thing I noticed in NY was a new book by Steven Covey called The 8th Habit. The guy that wrote the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People has now come up with yet another habit for us to add to our lexicon of effectiveness.
All this just leaves me feeling really tired. Who can do this crap? Who actually lives up to this, or even really wants to try? I mean, if you’re looking for resolutions, you’ll find more than enough in all of these websites. If you want rest, I hope you know where to go…