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December 20, 2012



I think it isnteresting to consider that, evidently, we humans are still afraid of the dark. After all, that is the reason why Christmas and Chanukah and many other holidays are celebrated at this time...the time of Winter Solstice which is the shortest day of the year (in terms of sunlight, not working hours :-).

So it is also the season that the Mayans probably chose to end their calendar years. This year just happens to have been the conclusion of a large cycle of years(a long-count b'ak'tun consisting of just under 400years, and this was the conclusion of the 13th one), and we will never know if any Mayan's actually intended to predict the end of the world (it does not seem to be the case).

Yet in these days of modern science and electronic information, people still choose to believe in superstitions...even to make them up.
Is this just an extension of our primal human nature? Carl Sagan wrote about this in his book, Pale Blue Dot.
(excerpt courtesy of YouTube:

Ancient ("pagan") Xmas-time holidays in Europe such as Saturnalia, probably developed around the need to find enjoyment and festivities in the annual time of cold, darkness, and hunger. These holidays, as well as at similarly timed festivals around the world, include themes of delicious foods, lights/candles, fire, stars, gifts, and some degree of mischief. Such themes still survive (to some degree) in modern holidays such as Christmas, Chanukah, Dongzhi, Santa Lucia, Sadeh, etc. Halloween and Diwali also might fit the mold (though slighly earlier in the calendar).

Though people have always feared the dark, we are also pretty good at looking beyond the dark into the hopeful light of the new year. In 2013 there is much to look forward to.

Happy holidays to all!


I want to thank you for a year filled with wonderful Friday Reflections… it is always a treat to receive these emails.

And I want to wish you and your family a very safe and happy holiday.

I look forward to chatting with you in the hallways again next year.

Your friend


– Thanks for including me in Friday reflections. The quote below made my day today!
Hope you are doing well.
Wish you a happy holidays and happy new year to come.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

- Richard Bach

California Guy

As I look backward in the rear-view mirror at 2012, I am reminded that we are a social group by nature. And I am thankful for the great fortune of enjoying the company of family and friends during good and challenging times.

Now I turn to looking forward through the front windshield in anticipation of more great fortune in 2013, including healthy doses of Friday Reflections.

Happy Holidays!

SP: Friend from Singapore

Hope you are doing fine.

I want to thank you for your time, efforts and all the Friday Reflections. They have been great.

I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

May all your wishes come true, God bless.

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