Hope springs eternal
January 1, 2015 | The New Year is taken to be a new beginning.
In that sense, hope and optimism defy reality, for we all know that each new year is pretty much like the last. As Edna St Vincent Millay once quipped (more or less, depending on whose version you choose to believe), "It is not true that life is one damn thing after another. It's the same damn thing over and over."
Thus, for 2015 we can look forward (!?) to more of the same: same dysfunction in Washington; same dissonance in the views of whites and blacks; same stubborn resistance of problems and flashpoints around the world; same enrichment of the 1% while the 99% continue to struggle; same insistance that Obama is, alternately, a dictator, a king, a passive bystander, a Socialist, a usurper of the presidency, etc. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin are sure to say something colossally stupid. Bill O'Reilly will again insist that there's a war on Christmas. John Boehner will again declare that whatever Republicans do it is "the will of the people."
This is the time of year that most people vow to do better, and they compile laudable, but ultimately utterly unrealistic, lists of resolutions. It would be far more efficient to keep the list and simply change the year on top as suggested by Glenn McCoy's snarky portrayal of President Obama (left).
A favorite resolution is to lose weight: 10 pounds, 20 pounds, pick a number.
For those who feel compelled to check what resolutions I made last year, click here. Looking back, I do see surprisingly that I accomplished three of the items on my tongue-in-cheek list: Fiona has done a wonderful job of eradicating the dust bunnies; the junk on my hard drive has been cleaned off (a disk crash will do that for you); I did lose 20 pounds on the wheat-belly diet.
Obviously I should have set more ambitious goals!
Last updated on Apr 13, 2018