July 2008 Issue: Here Beginneth the Sermon

It’s always the year of something. The elderly, disabled people. Refugees. And quite often, the month of something. International goodwill. The environment. Water. Then, as if that’s not enough, we quite often declare it the day of something, too. Fathers. Mothers. Secretaries.

It’s almost as if humans have lost touch with the seasonal rituals that bound them together as a society for centuries and now have to scramble to fill their calendar with a little imposed meaning.

Or something like that.

Regardless. Here at XelaWho, we’re joining in on the fun, and declaring July the month of Taking a Little Step Back and Having a Good Hard Look at Yourself, Buddy.

So often we get caught up in the minutiae of our lives – our hopes and fears, the pride that comes with personal ambition – that we lose sight of who we are and what we could be in the context of our respective communities and the world at large.

It’s a process that goes right to the top. Wars that are started with the best of intentions turn into bloody messes where nobody stands down because it converts into a competition to see who’s not going to lose face. You see it on the most minor of scales, too – people crashing into each other on a daily basis, unable to yield because of their own foolish pride.

Seems to us that the world would run a whole lot smoother if there were a little more give and a little less take factored into each transaction.

It’s not an easy process to begin – what we’re talking about is a revolution of the mind, a far more difficult and lasting transition than the one that happens with guns and slogans.

But that’s your homework for this month, people – be kind to each other. Take a step back and think about what really matters in life.

At the end of the day, we’re all we’ve got.

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