Another strange and difficult year is coming to an end.
But as James Baldwin said, I can’t be a pessimist because I’m alive.
We’re still here, some of us. I raise my glass to that. We’re hopefully better prepared to deal with what’s coming our way. That’s reason for optimism.
How would you describe this year?
I see that humans are flawed, even more than previously imagined. And stubborn. And we’ve taken to saying: reality is all relative a little too much, maybe.
Being dead is not relative. That is an absolute reality.
How we process things while alive can be a relative reality, sure. From that to a twisted relationship with what’s in front of us, that’s a long and twisty road.
The movie Don’t Look Up is showing exactly that by holding a mirror before us, in a comedic way, thank God. A mirror that shows our faults in an ugly light that cannot be filtered or adjusted. The movie brings nothing new to our collective knowledge, but it’s an important reminder that we have become a society of many different realities with our trends and fads and political fights.
I would recommend watching Don’t Look Up – which is the latest point of argument on social media. A pretext to create yet another pile on. If anything, watch it for that reason.
But, as I said, we’re here and that’s reason for optimism. For celebration.
Here’s to a better year ahead filled with health, reading, writing, and, hopefully, a way to cut down on so many different realities.
Cheers, friends, and Happy New Year?
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