Vignette #2 of 3
The room is festooned with banners and balloons, menorahs and crèches. The noise level is high as people gather. Laughter, hugs, kisses, and warm greetings identify this as a family gathering. The group finally gets seated, and dinner is about to be served. Two women rise. One recites a Hebrew blessing, and the other an old Scottish Christian one. Thanks acknowledged, attention is turned enthusiastically to the food.
We live in interesting times and in a rapidly changing world. Many world areas have a great diversity in their population. To live fully has always required hard work, well developed life skills, and a dash of good fortune! The multicultural mix adds more complications. For such a culture to flourish, it needs understanding citizens who value acceptance, and who reject prejudice.
Old fears die slowly. For many eons we have been comfortable only with those “like us.” How enriching to find people with different colour, religion, and race who cherish the same life values that we do. What a marvelous opportunity for us all.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.