Another Sheaving, this time in honor of New Year’s Eve.
Your last paragraph reminds me strongly of Kirk’s conservatism:
“Change is essential to the body social, the conservative reasons, just as it is essential to the human body. A body that has ceased to renew itself has begun to die. But if that body is to be vigorous, the change must occur in a regular manner, harmonizing with the form and nature of that body; otherwise change produces a monstrous growth, a cancer, which devours its host. The conservative takes care that nothing in a society should ever be wholly old, and that nothing should ever be wholly new. This is the means of the conservation of a nation, quite as it is the means of conservation of a living organism. Just how much change a society requires, and what sort of change, depend upon the circumstances of an age and a nation.” — Ten Conservative Principles
Your vile Western, ethnocentric celebration of New Year erases and marginalizes the Other, who celebrates New Year on different days. We cite not only the Jewish new year, the muslim new year, the Persian new year, the Roman new year, the Byzantine new year, the Chinese new year — why it would be possible to never work if one could only take off work on new year’s day! — undoubtedly there is an atheist new year also.
Anent your Sheaving, Nostra Aetate was late, as the Council of Trent declared:
“Reasons Why Christ Suffered” “Furthermore men of all ranks and conditions were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. Gentiles and Jews were the advisers, the authors, the ministers of his passion: Judas betrayed him, Peter denied him, all the rest deserted him. … In this guilt are involved all those who fall frequently into sin; for, as our sins consigned Christ the Lord to the death of the cross, most certainly those who wallow in sin and iniquity crucify to themselves again the Son of God, as far as in them lies, and make a mockery of him. This guilt seems more enormous in us than in the ancient Jews, since according to the testimony of the same Apostle: if they had known it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory; while we, on the contrary, professing to know him, yet denying him by our actions, seem in some sort to lay violent hands on him.” Catechism of the Council of Trent, XVI cent.
The Jewish Conspiracy clearly goes further than we realized. They even infected Trent.
Though come to that, roast pork and sauerkraut is the traditional New Year dinner among the Germans.