Central Florida 100: Tourists, Scooters, and the Legislature
David Kay, President, Central Florida Interfaith Council
Last week: THEME PARK FRENZY: Is it the season to be … brooding? Universal Studios kicked off its holiday season last week, including the Macy’s fashion show. As the crowds gathered on the first day, there was a hustle and bustle – a bit too much for a few guests, as arguments erupted, followed by taunts, threats, and pushes. Fortunately, it stopped before the violence. The effects of the lingering pandemic have made us all more nervous and less patient, but a near brawl at a theme park parade is pretty extreme. This may not bode well for the retail frenzy to come the day after Thanksgiving.
Looking forward: CELEBRATE THE LIGHT: Earlier this month, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists celebrated Diwali, a festival of lights affirming the triumph of good over evil. On November 28, Jews begin celebrating Hanukkah, their own Festival of Lights affirming the triumph of good over evil. A few weeks later, Christians celebrate Christmas, amplifying these same themes. It is no coincidence that these festivals and others like them take place at this time of year. Our ancestors were understandably worried as the days grew shorter and the nights longer in the fall and winter. Instead of cursing the darkness, however, they chose to celebrate the light – and so should we.