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Holy Days still relevant

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Like Christmas, Easter has become increasingly commercialized. But by removing the true meaning, we allow the holiday to become nothing more than a Hallmark event. We no longer collectively look for divine support and no longer speak out when obvious actions erode the origins of our nation built on the freedoms endowed by our creator.

I wonder if in time, as technology expands and we become more and more reliant on technology, will it be used wisely? Can we maintain control over the information or will it be used to negatively affect society? I also wonder if something as remarkable as the smart phone is becoming the golden idol of choice in society today? Are we becoming seduced by its capabilities, its dynamic intelligence and vibrant display? People seem so captivated by their phones today they simply can’t put them down. The smart phone allure is so powerful it is having serious effects on both workplace productivity and personal relationships.

Now don’t get me wrong, I too am a smart phone user but as this technology advances we must not let it be the central point around which our lives revolve. Personal relationships, love of family and neighbor and the recognition of our creator must remain paramount in our lives or the problems that plague our society will only grow worse. Our ability to solve interpersonal disagreements won’t happen when our mind, eyes and thumbs are focused on the cyber world, a capable distraction, but never the end all.

Faith-based democracies, like the United States and Israel, are places where the freedom to practice and express ones faith has flourished and survived, because they’ve remained true to their founding origins. These are important facts to keep in mind this week as we celebrate the holy events of Passover and Easter, keeping in mind their historical relevance, which is very much still a priority in our lives today.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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