...in 1492..."On Hispaniola [the island now consisting of Haiti and the Dominican Republic], out of timbers from the Santa Maria [the largest sailing ship (100ft) of the three Columbus set out with on his first conquest of the Americas], which had run aground, Columbus built a fort, the first European military base in the Western Hemisphere. He called it Navidad (Christmas) and left thirty nine crew members there, with instructions to find and store the gold.
He took more Indian prisoners and put them aboard his two remaining ships. At one part of the island he got into a fight with Indians who refused to trade as many bows and arrows as he and his men wanted. Two were run through with swords and bled to death. The Nina and the Pinta set sail for the Azores and Spain. When the weather turned cold, the Indian prisoners began to die..."

Navidad. from Latin: nativitas: birth. Christmas. the birth of Christ. With Columbus' pursuit of gold came the military base, Navidad, and the birth of christianity in "the Americas"...

Merry Christmas. 
Tis the season, 
for ceasing to pursue the gold - for growing our compassion - for investing in love - for setting the intention that our "businesses" and our "economy" should thrive only as best serves the planet and all it creatures and elements - we, the people, and all our relations. 
...wishing you a love filled Winter Season.

"It is essential to know that to be a happy person, a happy family, a happy society, it is very crucial to have a good heart.
World peace must develop from inner peace.
Peace is not just the absence of violence, but the manifestation of human compassion."
-Dalai Lama

"Oh Great Spirit, bring to our white brothers the wisdom of Nature, the knowledge that if her laws are obeyed this land will again flourish and grasses and trees will grow as before. Guide those that through their councils seek to spread the wisdom of their leaders to all people. Heal the raw wounds in the earth and restore to our soil the richness which strengthens men's bodies and makes them wise in their councils. Bring to all the knowledge that great cities live only through the bounty of the good earth beyond their paved streets and towers of stone and steel."
-Jasper Saunkeah, Cherokee

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