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Yakhanda 6: Yaka, Santas & Perverts!

Summary

All this jive about ‘Protestant work ethics’ always leaves us comatose. If they like work so much, how come they enslave others?

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Pervert! Now means sex maniac. But once meant a convert to Christianity who changed their mind and reverted to their old beliefs. 

Many modern Yakku are such perverts.

As pervs, the only Christmas celebrations they join are laid on by Buddhists! After all, most of Colombo’s multinational offices close at year’s end, regardless of employees’ feelings.  

Besides, why just watch the widest array of festivals, Buddhist, Saiva, Muslim, Christian we get here, let alone May Day and Women’s Day. Yakku who love midnight bang-ups feel left out when all the world seems to revel at this Saturnalian bacchanal.

The adverted numbers of Xmas’ global sweep are however commercial hyperbole, much like corporate stats that claim billions are watching a football game, even as half the world is asleep and the other half awake.  

We saw a packed church in China at Christmas, where when the priest said “Let us pray”, some foreigners knelt down, but most people jumped up and started taking photos. The congregation were local tourists, there to observe ‘devilish’ rituals.

Christmas Soon in June

North of this northern hemisphere – like in the lairs of NATO – night threatens by 3 o’clock on late November afternoons! Such rapid dimming seems to justify the earlier and earlier appearance of the shopkeepers’ joy at the birth of Jesus. Especially after the Pentagon pockets its billions, and settlers’ “Thanksgivings” are done: there are lotsa turkeys left gobble-gobbling, awaiting the grim carver.

Christmas (actually the winter solstice, when daylight starts to grow longer) maybe months away, but “Let there be light” is the mantra of the General Electric Co. The stars of Xmas, from a pink baby Jesus to a rosier Santa Claus, all needing batteries or electricity, have already been manufactured by GE units in China.

While here northeastern clouds only cast day-lit shadows, merchant media vending white ‘modernity’ start sprinkling snow.

What do snow and mistletoe have to do with a man born in West Asia? Shouldn’t the Christmas tree be a date or olive tree rather than a conifer? 

Jesus, Black-skinned before crusaders and slavers smeared him white, was born in an eastern Mediterranean climate, in the now regularly bombed West Bank. US-funded white settlers there regularly uproot olive trees, those symbols of Palestine. Bethlehem undergoes NATO-style lockdown, as choirs elsewhere chirp, “Peace on earth, goodwill to the gender-fluid.”

What happened to the Christ who chased traders and hedge funders from synagogues?  To the Jesus who said it would be easier for a camel to go thru an eye of a needle than a plutocrat to enter heaven?

No NATO, No Promised Land

Ironic then that many Christians here in Lanka, rather than empathize with Palestinians – who comprise the Christians in that theatre of agony – instead support the Zionist regime, which claims to represent Jews, who presumably crucified their ‘savior.’

Now, the Roman Empire got the nailing outsourced. Further, the present turmoil in West Asia, crossroads betwixt 3 continents, is not a matter of Jews versus Muslims versus Christians. Israel is a straightforward implantation of white imperialism. 

And as for Zionism, while the white Christian variety long predates the Jewish brand, British Petroleum and Exxon fundamentalism trumps them all. No oil wells, no holy land.

Support for the Israelis among Christians and others is not for religious but political solidarity for the white man’s imperial project, which robes its nakedness in religious raiment. 

Christmas ain’t a religious festival anymore, but a ‘multicultural’ merchant extravaganza. Tsunamis of sugar, alcohol and other chemistries, cooked flesh and glossy wrapping, inundate the populace, knocking down Jew, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu alike, like a NATO juggernaut. 

For Christians, months-long overdosages of mammon proclaiming “Happy” this and “Merry” that, overwhelm common fellowship. December is actually the prime month for suicide and its tendencies. 

Bankers also treat Catholic one way and Protestant in yet another, like in Kanatte. Cash-strapped Ireland had to close its Vatican embassy in 2011, and condom prices fell!

Portugal, Spain and Italy, slow to industrialize because their rulers were looting the world, would have been long underdeveloped like us, if they had been unable to attack the Americas, Africa or Asia. These early-day imperialists are now unable to defend former colonial possessions and privileges.

Again, capitalist meltdowns have to do with religion only if you insist. “People did not become capitalists because they were Protestants, nor Protestants because they were capitalists.  In a society already becoming capitalist, Protestantism facilitated the triumph of new values.”

All this jive about ‘Protestant work ethics’ always leaves us comatose. If they like work so much, how come they enslave others?

Thirty years ago it was all ‘Third World’ debt. Today it’s the white man’s debt we pay. 

O how things change. O how they pervert!

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