Before I attained my PhD I wrongfully believed that most intelligent, hence highly educated, people I had met who lacked common sense to the enth degree did so because they had so much information to cope with that other matters slipped by them to the point of even causing them to be insensitive! Insensitivity to the extent that they hurt people’s feelings without knowing it and lacking in simple protocol. Also lacking in common sense such as what to do if the catered food doesn’t show up for an event when everyone has turned up and leaving everyone hungry.
Well intelligence has nothing to do with it because it takes i. life skills, ii. learning to care about the impact you have on others, iii. being alert to what solutions you can activate even if others are negative, iii. becoming proactive using your intelligence instead of sitting on it!
Every year the Humanist Society of NSW has an End of Year Party in December instead of a Xmas party because we are not religious and as secular Humanists we do celebrate the season without the religious tones.
2012 was held at 2pm 2nd Saturday in December 9 and our entertainer George Eynon a New Zealand ex-patriot who can croon the most romantic tunes of Sinatra Elvis and Bee Gees to Country and Western and jive (also transform as he sings the most amazing Maori songs) kept us entertained. We had a great time and enjoyed each others company over food and drinks.
2011 and 2010 the wonderful Rubella caused full house at Humanist House with his Latin American diva act which he performed on cruise ships.
So up until 2009 our parties were Mad Hatters or such which were fun nevertheless poorly attended by a handful of people
Mind you some of us have family who celebrate Xmas and we respect their needs.For example on Xmas eve I have my family over and we have Xmas Eve with the carols the Xmas tree and as in Europe (as we are originally Greeks from Romania) open our presents. In that way I don’t compete with my offspring’s family personal time and the time they spend with their father and in-laws.