Greetings and happy holidays to the citizens of the world.
This is a special holiday message from your friends at Anonymous.
For most of us, holidays are a time of distraction, a time to get away from the stresses of our jobs and social lives to relax with our families. This is an understandable reaction to the conditions of our society and the current events that fill the headlines of our newsfeeds. However, our species, and in turn the entire planet, is facing some very serious problems that we can no longer ignore and this time of year presents a perfect opportunity to talk with family members about what is going on in the world, and in our own personal lives as well.
Juxtaposed with our current reality, holiday traditions seem somewhat dishonest and hypocritical. Many people around the world are beginning to realize this time of year is more about consumerism and spending money than it is about spending time with family, observing traditional customs or contemplating on making the world a better place. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Despite the rampant consumerism that permeates this season, there is also a massive wave of charitable donations and charitable work that happens as well. The spirit of the season that everyone always seems to talk about is “goodwill” and “peace on earth,” but it is time for us to stop talking about it, and start being about it.
We spend our holidays going through the motions and reciting the virtues of peace on earth, but the senseless wars taking place across the globe always seem to be an afterthought, even for some of the most politically minded people. Likewise, we ignore the increasingly complicated problems of poverty and homeless, while we talk about the “season of giving.” This is the hypocrisy, but most people do not see it because these issues have been swept under the rug, and are no longer acceptable topics in polite conversation.
Luckily, we are living in a time where people are growing tired with the consumerist values that have taken over the season, and are in search of something more, which gives those of us who care about making the world a better place a nice ice breaker when talking to friends and family members about complex and controversial issues.
Although this is not to say that we should be setting out to make out family dinners awkward occurrences, we must learn to be tactful and understand where our loved ones are coming from. Many of us became very angry when we first realized the truth of our society and have taken an aggressive approach when trying to “wake people up.”
It was also very common for most vocal and aggressive news pundits and activists to rise to the top of the newsfeed, which has not set a very good example for the rest of us. This is not the way that we should be approaching the people that we care about with these issues, by shouting from the rooftops that the end is near. Instead, we need to treat them as allies and find common ground through which they can understand how the injustice of the ruling class affects their lives.
If you are seeing or hearing this message, chances are that you have a very clear understanding of the challenges that we face, but it is likely that you digested this information over time, not all at once, and we should consider that our loved ones will move at their own pace as well. We can overcome the corrupt banking and political systems, and end the wars that are taking millions of lives across the planet, but we cannot do it unless we are united along party lines and arguing about the topics on the news. If we can not unite with our families, how are we going to be able to unite with the people we share this world with? Building these bridges with our family members is a good way to practice, and the holiday season is a good time to start.
We are Anonymous!
We are Legion!
We do not forgive!
We do not forget!