Today is Good Friday and tonight is Passover. Both traditions mark the arrival of Spring as well as a time of remembrance and tradition. From the awakening of the world outside to the obligations inside it is a time of joy and reflection. They are holidays outside of ourselves and the daily pace of life.
Our current world, at least in developed societies, rarely has time for such reflection anymore. Far too often we are expected to mechanically keep going through our daily slog. The only antidote offered is selfishness, rebellion and retreat back into our own skin for a few moments of pleasure. Old holidays based on ghosts do not mean as much as they used to.
That system is obviously not bringing happiness to many people’s lives. I would like to propose an alternative outlook on life which I will call “extasism”.