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Published:November 27th, 2009 19:14 EST
Digitized Dharma III:  The Holiday Season

Digitized Dharma III: The Holiday Season

By Sean Beelzebul

Digitized Dharma: My Enlightenment Through Computers and Technology

Digitized Dharma II: A Programmer`s Guide to Religiosity

In the last article of this series, I explained how religion, advertising and computer technology have becoming intertwined in many instances in today`s day and age. Today I am going to unashamedly place a huge value judgment on mainstream religious holidays based on my findings from the last essay. This essay will assess a handful of holidays, including but not limited to, Christmas and Chanukah.

From my perspective in America, religious holidays have been popularized in such a fashion as to make their significance something entirely different from what they were originally intended to achieve. Christmas is mainly a celebration of materialism, not the birth of Christ. Regardless of smaller Christian groups, such as the Jehovah`s Witnesses, placing Christ`s date of birth earlier in the year than in December "the problem remains the same, is a massive festival of material plenty really what Christ taught? I must hand it to the Jehovah`s witnesses for not celebrating Christmas and temporarily excuse them for their Pauline and Platonic religious fallacies!

In any event, for those that will not except that the holiday has become denatured into a greed festival, I have constructed a more precise argument: 1) If Christ taught us to give compassionately, this giving should have been defined by a self-less donation of only materials that the recipient of the gift would need. This need could be of many things, but I am assuming they would be of the variety that would help the person in some way. 2) If Christ taught us to love one another to the extent where this love was universal, meaning everyone is to be loved, then gifts given only to friends and family are a bit selfish. These gifts don`t help everyone (Ill quickly mention the utilitarian argument here: basically if everyone spent the 300-300,000$ they spend at Christmas time every year in a well distributed pattern of a few cents or dollars to relief funds in Africa, Asia, South America, etc. The world`s health and famine problems would solve themselves quite quickly.)3) Thus, Christ`s teachings for the most part are lost in the commercial aspect of the modern day holiday season.

Lastly, back to the computer side of things, let us analyze how technology has made commercialized holidays even worse, but also how it can solve things. Modern technology has made the purchasing of gifts an extremely easy process. A user merely needs to fill out an HTML form and click a few mouse buttons in order to make a purchase and have it sent to anyone they know. One should expect that this facility has made "excess` even more excessive! Now, on the other hand, with legitimate non-profit organizations all around like "Earthjustice: Environmental Law: Because the Earth Needs a Good Lawyer:  Earthjustice or Amnesty " Rights: Human Protect to Working | International.  Amnesty International the globe with Internet ready capabilities for donations one should also expect the utilitarian premise in the second part of the detailed argument I earlier elucidated, could actually be valid!