"Sustainability is more popularly discussed in terms of physical objects - for example, green buildings - but the principles of sustainability apply quite adequately to the structure of our cultural and civic lives as well."
by James Polk
The Christmas season is when we Americans - no matter what race, religious affiliation (or none), and national origin - find a space in our busy schedules to come together and spend some quality time with family and friends. At Christmastime, we shower each other with gifts, plan parties, bake assorted sweet morsels and find ourselves spontaneously wishing merriment to everyone we meet.
Petty grievances are set aside as diverse individuals congregate at family get-togethers and office parties. Disagreements fade as we find ourselves connecting with estranged acquaintances and saying nice things to people who we may otherwise secretly (or not so secretly) hold in contempt and avoid like the plague for 11 1/2 months of the year. Festive decorations, over-the-top lighting, and Christmas carol soundtracks remind us to put away our hard feelings and celebrate the good in everybody.
All of a sudden, we seem to appreciate the value of "community." Read Entire Article