Christmas and Another Year Over

It’s Christmastime again. Another year past. Hopefully, it’s been a good year …for most of us. This short video set to John Lennon’s “So This Is Christmas” challenges our sense of calm, reality, place, self, and legacy.

It is not intended by me to represent any social, economical, religious, or political, leaning or preference. Nor is intended by me to elicit anger. It is intended to elicit compassion,  peaceful action, and world peace, which would be the best Christmas or Holiday gift any of us could receive.

(WARNING: this is a sad and EXTREMELY graphic video
that you may find VERY DIFFICULT to watch.)



In times of immense and senseless tragedy we are appalled at what mankind is capable of doing to others. We feel vulnerable, sad, angry, helpless. We can offer our condolences, prayers, and assistance, but we cannot eliminate the pain. This we must all endure.

For the future, however, we can re-commit ourselves to kindness, tolerance, and compassion towards all, so that atrocities which lie ahead of us might hopefully be fewer and less painful. We can take a more active role in looking out for one another, in supporting and helping one another. We can know that regardless of future events, we at least made a genuine effort to foster harmony, wellness, and tranquility in our world.


May the innocent children and the courageous educators of Sandy Hook school who lost their lives on December 14, 2012 rest in peace. May their families, friends, co-workers, fellow students, and the community of Newtown eventually find peace, healing, and acceptance.

Paul Mark Sutherland