Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)


Posted on | December 1, 2010 | No Comments

Every year it seems that the Holidays season begins earlier and earlier in stores around us. Our ears are afflicted with debilitating jingles in early November, and preposterous decorating supplies in all shades of green, red, silver, gold (and frankincense and myrrh, why not) are fronted in store before Halloween.

The sorry weather on this first of December made me realize what was responsible for this collective madness. The culprit is nothing less but global warming itself.

Surprised? My favourite targets, Stephen Harper and Jean Charest, were unavailable and there is nothing like a huge downpour in December to help us figure out that finally, Holiday magic depends much more on the magic of winter itself. Skis, snowshoes, stuck cars, little red shovels forgotten in snow banks.

Unfortunately, December is no longer a winter month. As was once said, “Where are the snows of yesteryear?” While from my youth I recall epic snowball fights as early as mid-November, the last years have rather brought us rain and sleet.

In order to compensate, merchants try to remind us earlier and earlier that the Holidays are near. This is quite understandable, given that many make the better part of their sales in this period. Global Warming is this to blame for the increased consumerism which afflicts this great and noble tradition.

Of course, some will contend that exaggerated consumption is itself to blame for global warming, but don’t let these Grinches wear you down. Go ahead, buy, celebrate, share gifts! I’ve heard that umbrellas will be quite popular beneath the Christmas tree this year…


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