As a busy psychiatrist, I always see cases of the holiday blues in December, but this year the depressions are more widespread, and deeper. It's especially noticeable among young women, whose DNA may be expressing despair about global warming, nuclear pollution, and all the other grave threats to the environment which our offspring will inherit.
I attribute the black mood to betrayal by the Democrats. The voters got mobilized enough to resoundingly reject Bush and his phony wars, only to find that the Democrats are in bed with him, will continue to fund the occupation, and will continue to shun the "i" word- impeachment.
The headlines coming into my email box continue the sad story.
US Deaths in Iraq Exceed 9/11 Count
More Americans hungry, homeless in 2006- mayors
Expanding Markets and Dying Oceans
The Christofascists are firmly in control, spinning their lies about the message of Christ. They continue to encourage the people to spend, spend, spend, even though poverty is increasing rapidly. The pope has to remind us that Christmas is about Jesus.
Our local Christmas eve sermon reminded us that Jesus is the light which the Creator sent into the world to dispel the darkness. Jesus was highly political. He lived in times much like our own, when the noble Roman republic had been replaced by a greedy fascist empire, headed by corrupt degenerates. Jesus spoke truth to power and was crucified for his pains.
He brought us the assurance that Creator wishes peace on earth and has good will toward men. He left us the example of nonviolent resistance, to the point of martyrdom. He taught us how to use words, the words of truth, as our weapons.
Jesus did more. He empowered the individual, by healing, blessing, sharing His spirit. Before His coming, salvation required priests, religions, group participation. Jesus reached out to the poor, to prostitutes, to sinners of all sorts. He talked about the last being first and the first being last. He healed individuals and made it clear that priests are unnecessary, and can be a hindrance. He emphasized the basic worth of each person.
America's Declaration of Independence is based on Jesus' teaching that all men are created equal. We each have within us the Christlight, the spark of love and knowledge of truth that can yet save our country from fascism. What we need is the courage to risk self-sacrifice, and the hope that our efforts can turn the tide, even at this late date.
To those who reject the notions of the Bible and Christianity, perhaps you can accept that 80-90% of the people of the US identify themselves as Christians. They deserve to be addressed by progressive writers like myself within that framework, especially as the Bushies have hijacked it. The work of reclaiming the Bible and Christ for peacemakers needs to be done.
How else will Americans see through the sheeps' clothing to the wolves within? How else will those who look to Christ for inspiration understand that their job is to speak truth to power, as He did? How else will true American Christian patriots find the courage to lay their lives on the line, nonviolently, to overthrow the fascists?
Let's reject the materialism that turns Christmas into present-buying. Let's reject the unBIblical idea that being Christian means accepting the authority of the president, when it's "we the people" who hold authority, under our Constitution. Let's refuse to be intimidated by the threats of swiftboating and worse, and speak the truth. Let's trust that our Creator has good will, and desires peace on earth, and has given us the tools and stories we need to bring these good things about. Let's continue to fight for peace and justice.
In the name of the Prince of Peace,
Carol Wolman, MD
Board Certified in Psychiatry
Cochair- Impeach Bush-Cheney, East Bay
Member- The Longhouse Coalition