Did you read or watch the Christmas messages? You know, the ones from all the people in charge. Since one of my children woke me up before dawn on Christmas Day because, of course, presents are involved, and I couldn’t get back to sleep, I read some of the Christmas messages. They were pretty good.
In fact, I wish that we could declare that all public discourse had to be like the Christmas messages. They would have lovely uplifting music in the background, everyone smiles and the speeches are peppered with words like “hope, joy, thankfulness, unity, respect, thriving and love.”
In case you didn’t read the messages, but find yourself reading this, here are some nuggets of hope for Bermuda from the Christmas messages:
From Premier Burt:
“Despite the challenges that our island faces, we are truly a blessed Country and we have much to be thankful for. This holiday season let’s remember to appreciate what we have, cherish friends and family, and love one another.”
From the Opposition Leader, Mr. Craig Cannonier:
“At the core of it all is that we are all simply human ….. trying our best to journey through this world hoping that we leave this earth with a legacy that lives on through our children, our work and or our lives.
As humans, we are imperfect – so every day we have the opportunity to become better versions of ourselves.”
From the Governor John Rankin:
All of us – young and old, men and women, those of different ethnic, cultural, religious and other backgrounds – contribute to the rich tapestry of Bermuda. I would end my Christmas message the same way in which I started it with a quote from Kofi Annan – “People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what – and who – we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.”
From Bishop Nicolas Dill:
“People are labelled in such a way as to reduce their humanity and dignity. People categorise themselves or others and identify themselves or others in ways which dehumanize and objectify them. But the Christmas story changes all of that and undermines a truth about our human condition and identity…
Each human person regardless of race or gender, age or competency, health or weakness, ability or disability is of equal value is made in the image and likeness of God – with a value that is inherent.”
Let’s declare: all of our public and political discourse must be modeled on Christmas messages.