TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2012 |
Posted by: David Moffly
Today I will do my usual pre-dawn dog walk in a city quieted by Christmas. There will be almost no cars, no taxis jostling for a morning fare and few others sharing the early morning streets. The bustle is suspended for a few hours by the Christmas holiday. The mass retail juggernaut that sustains our economy takes a pause and the majority of us collect as families to celebrate an end of year holiday that long ago grew larger than the celebration of the birth of Christ. My children,, in one of those increasingly fleeting moments will all be together with my wife and I. We will celebrate as a family our good fortune and our friends over the holiday.
In the quiet moments I now think about the sadness of this year. Sandy mowed a wide swath of misery through our region. The father of our Managing Editor, Matt Howard, lost his home in Toms River, NJ. The innocents in Connecticut were slaughtered by one madman, and movie-goers mowed down by another. We had a stomach churning summer of gun violence in Chicago. Bad news is contagious and the press feeds off of it and amplifies it for ratings and ad sales. Madness and natural disasters are a part of every society and as much as we debate gun control in the media at some point in the not-too-distant-future another lost sole will commit mass violence and Mother Nature will prove us insignificant again.
But let's move onto to what really binds us as a society and the spirit of the Christmas holiday. Through all the bad news and weather there are powerful forces of human dignity and kindness that help in healing the wounds and scars inflicted on us. To name a few - the NYC police officer who bought a homeless man a warm pair of boots on a cold night; the endless volunteers who showed up to help with the post-Sandy clean up.; the 12.12.12 concert that raised millions to aid in reconstruction and the clean up; the media has latched onto "26 Acts of Kindness" in memory of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. I think we largely live in a society that doles out more acts of kindness than cruel blows and that makes these blows louder when they land on us.
So we end the year and celebrate Christmas Day with the belief that there is more good than bad in our society even on dark days when this seems far away. We look forward to 2013 as a new year of growth and learning.
We at Baeblemusic are not terribly religious but easily moved by the music that we see and hear every day as we carry on our jobs. We see and hear the larger hand of good in most of the music that comes to us. We feel that hand of something powerful and special that came from Mary J. Blige and U2 a few years ago that raises us all up.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Baeblemusic.