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Just yesterday with my parents we were discussing this exact issue. My mom, who works at a National bank, can no longer wish people a ‘Merry Christmas‘ in case it offends them. The tree lighting that was referred to as a ‘Holiday Tree Lighting’ was viewed as a way to attack the Christians, their faith and the meaning behind Christmas when in fact it was just a way for everyone to be included in the celebration.
I’m an Atheist so when it comes down to it, I do not believe in Jesus nor do I want to praise and give thanks to something or someone who I feel is about as mythical as Santa Clause. Although, I have grown up celebrating Christmas and come to love it whole-heartedly. For me, Christmas is not about religion, but about being with friends and family, embracing the cold weather and taking time to appreciate the little things like taking joy in giving to others. Sadly I believe that the religious aspect is insignificant seeing as most people either feel the way I do on the Holiday no longer representing Jesus; But I also don’t agree with the greed aspect of corporations trying to capitalize on the Holiday and taking advantage of people during a season that represents love, compassion, selflessness, and respect.
I am an atheist. I love Christmas. I love my friends. I love my family. And instead of getting irritated or feeling attacked because people won’t allow you to say something or you are saying the wrong thing to them, just remember that the fact they acknowledged you at all and extended kindness was a gift in itself. If it wasn’t your birthday, you believed it wasn’t your birthday, and a stranger had just said ‘have a great birthday’ before walking off, you would not feel that they were being malicious and attacking your religious beliefs or intentionally trying to offend you, would you? No. They were trying to be nice without actually knowing your intricate background, including: religion, morality, political views, etc.
It’s the HOLIDAY SEASON…just be happy, be nice, respect and be kind to anyone and everyone. Life’s too short. Especially if you’re an atheist and believe this is your ONE life. Nothing more
- A Few of my Favorite Things #7…What God Wants for Christmas (wondersofhislove.com)
- Ontario MP demands end to ‘ban on Christmas cheer’ (news.nationalpost.com)
- Video: Merry Christmas from Mariah, Madonna and the Muppets (heatworld.com)
- Ask Richard: Should I Help My Parents with the Church Christmas Pageant? (patheos.com)
- Poll of the Week: What Kinda Gifts Do You Buy for Christmas? +94% of Christians, 56% of Non-Christians and 82% of Non-Believers Celebrate! (ginosblog.com)
The Expression Glasses are a wearable device that allows any viewer to see a graphical display of a subset of the wearer’s facial expressions. Currently, the glasses are capable of learning an individual’s patterns and discriminating between confusion and interest expressions. Through two small pieces of piezoelectric film imbedded in the frames, the muscle movement in the corrugator and frontalis (eyebrow) muscles is measured and translated to a full-color visual display.
The display allows a viewer to visualize confusion expressions of the wearer of the glasses by watching changes in a moving bargraph (red for confusion, green for interest).
The Expression Glasses in use. The cloth portion above the plastic conceals both EMG sensors and the user’s facial expression, enabling the user to express emotion freely and anonymously.
There are many reasons why the wearer or his audience may want to have access to expressed emotions. For Human-to-Self purposes, this might include practice session feedback for certain professions (such as counseling), where individuals are trained specifically to refrain from expressing negativity. For Human-to-Human communication, a device like this would be helpful in allowing a video lecturer access to the confusion or interest level of her students in a remote location, providing a “barometer” of collective emotional expression. Since current technology tends to inhibit access to individual facial expressions when lecturing via videoconferencing, use of a device like the glasses gives students an opportunity to communicate information about their experience to the instructor. Additionally, the anonymous nature of the glasses allows individual students to express their emotions without necessarily being forced to identify themselves.
This idea seems great in theory, but could really lead some insecure people to be even more insecure. I mean, say someone is insecure because they ARE boring and uninteresting?? The glasses will just verify that what they thought is true and could influence them to retreat even farther as an introvert. For me, they’d be fabulous! I could call people out for being bored, incite them to get angry and know if I’m succeeding, or just aim to bore people that don’t have the balls to tell me to shut up. With these and flying cars, it’s becoming far too apparent that the future is coming and I don’t know if I’m 100% prepared.