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Creativity at Christmas time does give us the feeling of being "more fully...human" but the feeling is derived more from creating ourselves than creating Christmas stuff. Life is a reaction to "the void", the missing answer to 'Eve's' question on behalf of humanity, "Why am I?". The "ideal reaction to the void" is to "reach out to the limits of our capacities, to others and to God", to be self-creative, the activity which ignores "the void" and gives us the greatest possible sense of meaning.

The "ideal reaction" is at the midpoint of a continuum of reactions. At one end is the absolutely permissive reaction which is giving up and at the other end is the absolutely restrictive reaction which is "trying to fill the void". Both activities, which focus on "the void", are meaningless and self-destructive. Most of us blend a measure of the ideal and a complementary measure of the absolutely restrictive and in most blends the absolutely restrictive dominates.

The absolutely restrictive reaction can blend any of eight ways we try to fill the void. Two are our religious/philosophical and materialistic reactions. For most of the year our reaction to the void variously restricts our "reaching out...". At Christmas time however, even Christians reach out to each other across the lines that divide them and though giving gifts is rooted in the materialistic reaction, the act of giving does allow us to experience the sense of meaning we feel when "reaching out..."

So the message of Christmas 2010 is, if we all discarded our efforts to fill the void which would allow us all to be self-creative, we might have time to save humanity from self-destruction.