Winter solstice 2012 was a quiet day.Planes did not fall out of the sky. A nuclear holocaust was not launched. A giant meteorite did not slam into our planet. But if you had listened for a quieter strain, you would have heard her. A new world had begun.
I would like for us to redeem ourselves to each other, to come to terms with the distance we put between us and our neighbors, to release ourselves from indifference, to recognize that our lives are indelibly interconnected.
Thanks to scientific knowledge, we understand why December 21st is the shortest day in the year. But that wasn't so for ancient human beings, who feared the sun might never shine long enough again to grow crops.
The winter solstice (Dec. 21 in the Northern Hemisphere) is one of the most important celestial events of the year, and it has always been a festival of lights in every culture. In ancient times, people knew that winter would be hard, so they found a way to feel hope in the season of dark.