Whereas Christmas is a Christian festival, most people
take it as a convenient indication that a new year with
all its possibilities is just around the corner. That, perhaps
sadly, is the way of a mostly comfortable world of practicalities
and matter-of-fact custom.
The observance of Christmas remains significant to millions
of people professing Christian faith, and has an influence for
good. It also sadly has a negligible effect in impoverished
areas the world over where living is wretched and conditions
Will there ever dawn the day when a united world takes unprecedented
action and banishes poverty and its accompanying despair wherever it is
found? The cynic will immediately declare
such a condition impractical and beyond credibility. Is it?
The springboard for such a miracle would be goodwill.
Are we so mentally and physically impoverished as to
shrug our shoulders (yet again) and say, 'What's the use?'
All things considered in a so-called 'united world', this
state of affairs shames us all. Please do something practical, however
modest, for the sake of millions with virtually nothing to
We could list charities, but should this be necessary if you
are keen enough to act now? All that is necessary is close at
hand and it only requires you to act before you go to
make a drink or something as matter-of-fact. Otherwise
our comfortable -- if hectic -- lives will find a neat excuse
Copyright © 25 December 2005 Basil Ramsey,
From: Henry Luo, Shanghai
I must voice an echo evoked by Mr Ramsey's New Year message in my mind. The stark and striking gap between the poor and the rich goes on to enlarge in my country and, much more than this, a call to talk about it among the comfortably well-off Western classic music lovers more often than not fails to produce the comer.
People just go on sending inane holiday greetings as if anything wrong can be kept at bay. The point is that more than the bleak situation of the have-nots is the pervasive nonchalance obtaining with the haves, including the cultured haves.