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Christmas 2014

Last year I added some general thoughts about Christmas here – see

The context of this page stays the same: a (very) few thoughts about Christmas for my relatives and friends to potentially read and think about.

Christmas 2014 – a year in review

Today we Christians celebrate “holy night”, the night Jesus Christ was born.

Unfortunately, the year 2014 was not exactly a “holy” or peaceful year. Many catastrophes on the global scale – on my books the worst being the rise of the “Islamic State” to ‘fame’. Other unholy events in no particular order and without this being a complete list:

  • The Syrian state continuing to fall apart
  • More conflict between Israel and the Palestine people
  • The mess in Ukraine
  • very recently a gruesome attack on school children in Pakistan

The State of the world…

I sometimes wonder whether we live an a worse world every year – or whether the age-old saying “good news is no news” plays a role in the world appearing more crazy every year?

Bill Gates has recommended this book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker on this exact topic – and here is what Amazon writes about this book:

 Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species’ existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind’s inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker’s exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world

I do plan to read this book, for the moment let’s hope Mr. Pinker is indeed right…

Seasons greetings

Even with the world being somewhat in a dismay, nearly everyone I personally know (certainly including me) lives among the “fortunate 10 %”; mostly in peace and physical comfort.

May you have a happy and healthy 2015.

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