When I saw boxes of candy canes and foil-wrapped Santas lining the shelves of my grocery store one week before Halloween, I wasn’t surprised. There are many signs of how far society has fallen from what was once considered sensible. And yet, I thought, have we really come to this? Blitzing through our days so fast that we barely have time to celebrate one holiday before marketers are ram-rodding another down our throats?
Earlier this month, 8-and 11-year-old brothers were swimming at a Florida beach when they got caught in a riptide. With no lifeguards in sight, a handful of people – including their mother and grandmother — jumped in to rescue them and were also trapped. Someone on shore yelled for a rope. Since no one had one, 80 bystanders linked arms to form a human chain that reached 100-yards to where the family was drowning.