Everyone loves babies. At least all resilient species do. Every once in awhile a subspecies is generated which doesn’t like babies much and doesn’t have many, and dies out. The city loving double income no kids crowd typifies that in humans today. People who don’t like babies typically aren’t too religious either. The rest of us love the idea of celebrating a baby being born at Christmas.
The baby we celebrate at Christmas sure caused a big disturbance. Way bigger than the Trump disturbance. I don’t think there is much chance of whole nations becoming devoted to Trump. And impeachment is not as bad as crucifixion. Too bad all the emotion generated by Trump can’t be channeled into something a little more like that Christmas baby.
In the language of ecological resilience, the baby we celebrate at Christmas was an emergent phenomenon. Out of the traditional eye-for-eye, us versus them mentality arose a new focus. Since that baby, 2000 years ago, we know that we can be transformed to show the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
Native peoples, integrated with their local ecologies, didn’t show such qualities to their neighbors. American Indian tribes usually thought of themselves as the only real humans, all others could be treated like animals or worse. That kept the population in line.
Today we don’t treat other tribes as nonhuman. But the liberal tribe and the Trump tribe are headed in that direction. Not a lot of love and joy and peace and kindness on either side. I doubt the Christmas baby would have much to do with either side. He might just retreat to the wilderness and pray. Maybe we should too.