As I sit here and write this blog installment, it is All-Hallows-Eve or Halloween. My family doesn’t celebrate this particular holiday for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it seems to glorify some of the evil in the world. If you don’t believe that, just look at your television line-up for the last couple of weeks.
One of the points in the Senses Novels is that we are all in a struggle against evil. Our heroes face an almost overwhelming and all-consuming evil, which is a metaphor for the evil that seems to be growing steadily in our own time.
Where does that evil stem from? Mostly, I believe, from selfishness. I am as guilty of this as anyone. There is no doubt in my mind that we all are, there are very few Mother Teresa’s out there. The concept that we have to have ‘safe places’ on our college campuses to hide from hurtful words or ideas is selfishness taken to an extreme. The whole point of college was to be an institution of higher learning; that means an open exchange of ideas. If you get to hide, with the administration’s permission I might add, then you don’t belong in college in the first place.
I’ve strayed from the title, holiday. Holiday means Holy Day. How is celebrating a day with slasher movies and worse holy? I have no problem with little kids dressing up in their costumes and going from door to door for candy. That is a tradition that goes back over one hundred years. I have a problem with the idea that this day has to be linked with evil. It wasn’t meant to be. If you doubt that, please check it out on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween).
If you celebrate the day, I hope you enjoy what you are doing. If not, you aren’t alone.
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