by Brad Nelson 10/31/14
Is Halloween a harmless candyfest or a way for Satanic forces to become culturally mainstreamed? • Every year Michael Medved and his wife, Diane, have a debate on the radio about the merits and demerits of Halloween. We can do no worse.
There are many facets to this debate, including the one presented by Dan Flynn that it is another way for “adults” to stretch out their childhood: The Growing Halloween Depravity of Grownups. Whatever the case may be, there are surely those on both sides of the Halloween debate — that it is a harmless pagan-derived holiday or that it is the very spawn of Satan (or perhaps somewhere in between).
Although surely it’s no harm at all for adults to cut loose and have a little fun, perhaps Halloween itself has become a sign of the times. We’ve become superficial, eternally juvenile (even to the point of pushing kids out of normal kid things), thoroughly materialist, and with so little nobility left in our blood that the only things that are “cool” tend to be things that are vulgar, ugly, or of the lowest common denominator.
On the other hand, a holiday whereby we dress up and play-act could be just the tonic that people need — including grownups who have become jaded, stilted, and hemmed in by political correctness and other totalitarian forces of orthodoxy as promulgated by that elephant in the living room which is the increasingly official state religion of Leftism. Perhaps people dressing up in blackface and portraying Ray Rice and his battered bride are the proper American way to thumb one’s nose at those who have begun taking themselves far too seriously.
And on the other…well, you get the idea. If this crowd here can’t find several sides of this debate, I’d be very surprised.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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