The World According To Bob

Bob Allen is a philosopher and cyber libertarian. He advocates for the basic human rights of men. Bob has learned to cut through the political nonsense, the propaganda hate, the surface discourse, and talk about the underlying metamessage that the front is hiding. Bob tells it like it is and lets the chips fall where they may. If you like what you read be sure to bookmark this blog and share it with your friends.

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You can't make wrong into right by doing wrong more effectively. It's time for real MEN to stand up and take back our families, our society, and our self respect. It is not a crime to be born a man. It is not a crime to act manly.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

A Joyous Yule to all

Tonight is the longest night of the year, winter solstice, Midwinter's Night, Yule. Tomorrow the sun starts its journey north again. For many thousand years midwinter's night has been celebrated throughout the northern hemisphere, thousands of years before the major contemporary religions. In ancient tradition people give gifts in celebration, and lite a fire, or put up candles or other lights against the dark, little lights to grow into the return of the sun. The new religions have adopted the lighting of lights and overlaid their religions on the ancient midwinter celebration.

Roman Emperor Aurillian declared December 25 as the official "solstice" and the beginning of Saturnalia throughout the empire. The 12 days of Roman Saturnalia became the 12 days of Christmas when the Christian conference of Constantenopple adopted a Christian overlay of pagan holidays. The return of the sun God became the birth of the son of God. But old tradition dies hard, and everywhere you go people still light their lights on the darkest night, build a yule fire, burn a yule log, light a candle, light 8 candles in a row, or decorate their homes with 10,000 little computer controlled lights against the dark. People still decorate with holly and evergreen boughs, the old symbols of life continuing even in the dark of winter. It is said that holly bears its fruit in the darkest time of the year in anticipation and sure knowledge that spring will soon return.

The giving of gifts at Yule is also old beyond history, perhaps originating in a time when tribal hunters found game scarce and hunting difficult in midwinter, but shared their kill with the whole tribe so that all might survive until spring. Yule is a time of feasting and joy, merriment and celebraton in all lands and all religions.

For each of my blessed readers, you of every faith and of no faith, may your little lights grow into brilliance in the coming months. May you have a joyous and festive midwinter feast, however you choose to celebrate.

4 Comments:

Blogger FreeThinker said...

Nice post! Winter Solstice is the original "Reason for the Season." Greetings!

December 21, 2006 3:07 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Unfortunatly due to abuse by females, seriously, I cannot feel joy of anything anymore. But thanks just the same.

December 21, 2006 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well wishes to you and your family, Bob.

December 22, 2006 5:38 PM  
Blogger The Geezer said...

Nice to see you put the vitriol aside for a moment, Bob.

BTW, you can bring it back now. I only read because you are so over the top, to make things crystal clear.

The Geez

December 24, 2006 11:30 AM  

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