There are only a few days to go before Christmas and Santa is beginning to feel the pressure of his seasonal vocation. So, he decides to pay a visit to his doctor, who he hasn’t seen since he was a young boy. “My oath,” he mumbles to himself as he pulls up in front of the doctor’s magnificent house in his sleigh, “Doc’s doing well for himself, isn’t he?”
Then he addresses a gatekeeper standing in front of some very fancy gates indeed.
Have you ever had the feeling you’re experiencing a moment you’ve experienced before? A déjà vu? Last month we were driving along the freeway when we overtook a van pulling a trailer. I glanced aside and then looked in front of me again. ‘Is that what I think it is?’ I said to myself. I looked aside again at the car on the trailer. ‘Yep, it’s a 70s Jaguar XJS alright.’ At that moment of recognition, I was flung back to the time when I was a teenager in Australia. The dad of one of my best mates had a Jag just like that, except his had a silvery grey colour, while the one being towed was dark green.
My heart still remembers well
How for the first time ever
I looked deep into your eyes
After you had given birth to me
And I felt your motherly warmth
I stopped eating meat about a year ago. Why? Because I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror any longer without feeling bad about the abuse and exploitation of farm animals. I had already cut down on meat consumption years ago, and now I felt it was time to stop eating meat altogether. Not long after that, I stopped eating nearly all dairy products – I only eat butter, and occasionally cheese – which, basically, means I have a vegan diet. However, this still doesn’t make me animal friendly. And, on top of this, I don’t feel the need to associate with other vegans.
Tomorrow in the Netherlands, it will be Remembrance Day, and the day after it will be Liberation Day. It’s days like these that give me mixed feelings. Is it a good thing to remember those who gave us our freedom and then celebrate this freedom? Well, maybe. In this way we can experience gratitude and be aware of the importance of freedom. On the other hand, it makes us focus on suffering.