Hope for the best, but expect worse

Patrick Chapatte
Patrick Chapette

| The New Year is typically a time for optimism, for turning over a new leaf, for making a fresh start. Not so now. It's hard to be optimistic when so many awful things happened in the last year and when 2016 looks like it will get worse — much worse — before it gets better. If it gets better.

The litany of horrible things is lengthy:

One could go on. On the other hand, I had one cataract removed in 2015, an eye-popping success. It's a miracle! I can see again. And everything is not overlaid with a layer of yellow. The second eye will be done in January, and that's something to look forward to (pun intended).

Paul Szep
Paul Szep

The litany of things that are likely to get worse in 2016 is also lengthy:

These are perilous times for our country. Too much of public discourse is reality-free and fact-free, and in the absence of facts and a grasp on reality, emotion rules. Right now our country is in the grip of fear itself. Monsters are hiding under every bed. There's a bogey man around every corner. People spouting nonsense get all the free media time they want, and no one seems capable of pulling the plug or demanding responsibility.

So yes, it's time to celebrate the new year. But it's also time to stop and take a deep breath.

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Last updated on May 1, 2016

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