What would Christmas look like without capitalism? Under the guise of Christmas, desires for expensive things, diamond rings, high-end tech-toys, furs, and cars are pampered by programmed beliefs of automatic entitlement, secret lists, flying reindeers, and chimney-hopping Santas. But what would our lives be like without patented epistemologies of unabated spending patterns designed to glorify America’s pop culture of ritualized waste and personal overindulgence?
Society has become so caught up in the commercialism of the season that most fail to consider the reason for Christmas. Christmas, combines the word “mass” (a Catholic Church ceremony) with the title “Christ.” Christ’s mass was initiated in honor of the 1st century CE (current era) Christ figure known as Jesus. Although the African multi-genius, Imhotep (architect of Africa’s great pyramids; 2680 BCE) was the world’s first Christ figure, today the African philosopher and spiritualist, Jesus, has become the world’s latest iconoclastic Christ figure. Through the ages, Jesus Christ has been “crossed out” of Christmas (Xmas) only to be eclipsed by capitalism.
Capitalism, the economic policy of profit over people, bankrolls America’s fathomless chasm between the haves and the have-nots. It finances the ever-increasing dichotomy between the necessities and the luxuries that have come to characterizes Christmas. Throughout the remainder of the year, capitalism rewards the injustice of gentrification and criminalizes the inhumanity of poverty, while forcing the ecology to shoulder the global burden of private profits and mass consumption. Why continue to capitalize an economic system that subsidizes the wealthy and incarcerates the poor? No wonder Jesus despised both capitalists (money changers) and capitalism (Matthew 21:12), which was one of the main reasons the Romans character-assassinated, then executed this social revolutionary.
While it is the general consensus that Jesus did exist, many people conveniently choose to remain in complete denial over the African physiological and socio-political reality of this great man’s existence. Born in the year 4 CE (current era), Jesus was a simple, down-to-earth, roots man. It was written that Jesus is African because he said, “My skin is black…” (Job 30:30). Others said, “His hair was like lamb’s wool…” (Rev.1:14). It was also said (Rev. 1:15), “His feet were like unto fine brass, as if they had been burned in fire.” Paradoxically, many continue to promote Jesus as non-black/African.
Nevertheless, society has come a long way from Christmas to capitalism on steroids. In God we trust in the almighty dollar as Christmas gets pimped behind a barrage of seasonal songs encoded to directly associate consumerism with yule tide greetings. So what would happen to the “money changers” of today if every American failed to go into debt every holiday season? What would the world look like if we valued good will over good credit? How would our lives be if we valued “peace on earth” more than we value pieces of the earth? What if people always give the invaluable gift of their presence, instead of purchasing ephemeral presents? Not only would this minimize our carbon-footprint on earth, it could actually bring joy to the world.