Russell begins by discussing the pre Christian and Christian origins of Christmas in the context of it being a time of birth and rebirth and as a transition from the dark and in to the light. If this time of year is symbolic of the true awakening of mankind what does it mean to be human? Despite our technological based existence, loss of inner meaning is described as the biggest neurosis of our age. Are we living in our lives really fulfilling ourselves as spiritual beings on a path of growth and development, or are we ignoring those treasures that are truly human in constant pursuit of the material?
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