Fasting for Christmas

This Christmas, I'll be fasting. There is, of course, a long tradition of religious fasting, including the Nativity Fast celebrated in both the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity.  Fasting is also an important part of the Mormon faith, as it is among Buddhists and Muslims at other times of the year.  In every case, fasting is considered a means of drawing closer to God and gaining self-discipline and control.  Among the many advocates of fasting have been Benjamin Franklin, Hermann Hesse, and Mohandas Gandhi.  Not all of these were political conservatives, but I believe there is an important connection between fasting and conservative thinking. For me, fasting is a time of reflection, reading, walks, and beautiful music.  It is a time to withdraw and reflect, a state of mind that is inherently "conservative." Contrary to popular myth, fasting is not particularly difficult.  Whether it's an "intermittent"...(Read Full Article)