Christmas is a time many pray for “peace on earth to people of goodwill.” But as we all know, most of the world has for far too long been less than a peaceful place. Peace begins in the human heart. Only a loving, grateful heart can bring joy to a relationship and only loving relationships can bring to the social area the “goodwill” necessary to forge sound communities and a peaceful world.
Character-building is the lifelong enterprise of elevating ourselves from the baser creatures we inherently are to the evolved beings we can become. Space is not the final frontier – we are. All the dramatic things we may accomplish are of little consequence if we don’t master ourselves, for we may well destroy ourselves and our habitat long before we realize all the possible fruits of our intellectual prowess of we don’t come to the kind of honest, humble self-reckoning we so desperately need.
My Christmas gift to all of you is the continual work I do to both understand and promote character development. And I truly appreciate the many gifts you, the readers and commentators, have brought and continue to bring to me each and every day. So to you all, a most sincere thanks, and my wishes for a most blessed Christmas and a most joyous New Year.