By Tony DeLorger © 2012
Easter holidays should be a time of reflection. Disregarding the chocolate driven manic bunny that fuels a feeding frenzy, and in the end leaves us comatose and wishing the natives of South America were simply left alone to their own devices, Easter has a distinct message.
Not to be judged purely from any Christian viewpoint, the act of sacrifice is not something that occurs too much in today’s society. Particularly in developed countries, we have learned to be self-sufficient and enjoy a freedom and lifestyle that unfortunately has led to isolation on many levels. Competition, status and the pursuit of wealth has forged a direction that can by nature, create walls of insulation and a general suspicion and weariness of people. We tend to care for our immediate family and close friends and not become personally involved in life beyond that.
Sacrifice is an act of selflessness, an act of placing someone else before us. We certainly can do that with our loved ones, but the question is can we be selfless where a complete stranger is concerned? That has been proven over and over for the negative, by an uncaring and ambivalent society, not wanting to become involved in other people’s lives. Even someone in obvious need of help, lying helplessly on a street, can be completely ignored by passersby.
Service to humanity is not a concept often considered in today’s vibrant and competitive world, but without that experience, how can we accept our part in this collective life. Living an insular and self-centered life simply restricts our experience and the potential of joy and contentment that is born of selflessness.
The Christian ethic teaches us one valuable lesson: that a life of love and compassion not only transforms our perception of reality but is rewarded in practice. Living a life of compassion for all people regardless of status, colour or creed can only imbue a world with harmony and as a consequence promote peace. In the end, that is all any of us want, to live a happy and peaceful life.
So when the chocolate haze begins to fade and reality comes a knocking, think about the walls we place around ourselves and the possibilities that kindness and consideration can create. We don’t have to follow trends, develop biases and negative attitudes about people we don’t even know. We all should take life as the opportunity it is, and nurture compassion and understanding in all we do.
I wish everyone on HubPages a very Happy Easter.