Reworking a Children’s Classic for a More Politically Correct Experience (But Not Really)

To reword Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas very poorly:

          All the Whos down in Metroland liked their holiday experience a lot
         But the Grinch who lived directionally North of Metroland did not
          The Grinch hated the holiday experience, the whole holiday experience season
          Now please don’t ask why, you might offend him for no reason.

Sound ridiculous yet? I hope so.

I’ve been seeing the Grinch around a lot lately, and not just because ‘Tis the Season to Judge the Crap out of Each Other. Put simply, I’m flummoxed. Confuzzled. Bamboozled. There’s so much going on that ought to bring us joy, but we’re not really paying attention. We have fantastic treatments for some pretty scary diseases, our ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound are less Superduper and more a matter of technology – and yet, we’re forgetting some pretty important things. Here’s what I notice:

We spent way too much time recently fussing about a logo on a coffee cup, but we said heck no to those who sought sanctuary within our country.

We mock those who go out shopping for a deal on Black Friday, or CyberMonday, or Whatthecheese Tuesday, but at the same time our own Wish Lists are longer than the lines at the shopping emporiums.

I’m fussy today, in large part because I used to love the holiday season. Lately, it seems that regardless of what holiday you celebrate this time of year, you’re going to tic someone off. Not so gently, I remind us all that this is not what the holidays are for. Celebrate in whatever fashion brings meaning and joy to your lives. Well, unless you celebrate Be Mean to Everyone Day – then, I suggest you turn that energy elsewhere, like into spackling walls or regrouting tile. If a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, and a Sikh can get together and play board games, as a popular internet meme suggests, it’s no particular symbol of tolerance; it’s a symbol of How Not To Be A Jerk.

Variety is the spice of life and for those who look, you’ll see that there isn’t a religion that requires you to be a poopoohead; quite the opposite. Most religions teach a form of being as kind to others as we are to ourselves; of not taking stuff from people or taking out our anger on others. You know, basic ethics. I find atheists to be every bit as engaging and lively as Christians, and I seriously love that my friend who has already celebrated Hanukkah will spend Christmas day with family and friends at their favorite Chinese restaurant.

Togetherness, people. We can learn to laugh together, to celebrate together, and yes, to tolerate each other. You’ll recall from your childhood that the Grinch joined the Whos for dinner and even sliced the roast beast. Not being a particular fan of roast beast, I would nevertheless be able to enjoy some good ole Who-hash and Who pudding. There’s room at the table of humanity, my friends, and I’ll give you my roast beast.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Grumbine
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 02:23:31

    Nailed it!!! Amen and Namaste.

    Liked by 1 person

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