What is Christmas all about?
Many of us commemorate Christmas, whether you are religious or not, there is no doubt that you will be filled with the spirit of the celebration. Christmas is customary in our west civilization, and it is a powerful imagery of our roots.
Christendom emerged from the Middle Ages; this period cemented the bases for the Renaissance, an enlightenment era. Was in the Renaissance that for the first time God and humans (almost) touched each other with their fingertips… a powerful metaphor that Michelangelo di Lodovico teaches us in a beautiful fresco painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It’s thought that Michelangelo was inspired by Middle Ages’s hymn relating to the Holly Spirit; one specific, The hymn Veni Creator Spiritus contains the idea of the Holy Spirit as God’s finger.
For the first time our relationship with God changed, now humans were able to reach the impossible and scrutinize nature. This seeds the Industrial and the Scientific Revolution.
Christmas reminds me that no matter how small we are, we must enjoy life.
I'm not here to lecture you, but to tell you that history must be cherished, studied, and respected.
Below you will find a few posts that I enjoyed and that helped me to ponder many aspects of our current world situation.
About our sentiment of insignificance in the world
Cosmic Insignificance Therapy
Cosmic insignificance therapy is an invitation to face the truth about your irrelevance in the grand scheme of things. To embrace it, to whatever extent you can. (Isn’t it hilarious, in hindsight, that you ever imagined things might be otherwise?) Truly doing justice to the astonishing gift of a few thousand weeks isn’t a matter of resolving to “do something remarkable” with them. In fact, it entails precisely the opposite: refusing to hold them to an abstract and over-demanding standard of remarkableness, against which they can only ever be found wanting, and taking them instead on their own terms, dropping back down from godlike fantasies of cosmic significance into the experience of life as it concretely, finitely—and often enough, marvelously—really is.
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