Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy Twenty-Ten

I can't boot 2009 out the door fast enough. It's been a crappy year, personally speaking. Here's hoping for 10.

Socio/politically I'm pretty content. The shine has come off Obama but I still feel he's an overwhelmingly positive force for the US, which is far more than I could say for the previous administration and something I wouldn't have expected from McCain/Palin. In this first year he's tackled so many things, wrestled this ship of state from its disastrous heading into safer waters. If he can keep the pace for the next three it will be a wonder. And even if he can't, he will still do a lot for us.

I wish for my friends and loved ones good health and success in the year ahead. I wish for the world peace, tolerance, and cooperation. There are two ways to deal with clashing views: one is to deem the opposition evil, to be hated and destroyed; the other way is to acknowledge that other opinions have the right to exist, and differing opinions sparks human creativity. We would be a damn boring world if everyone thought the same thing and all believed in the same right and wrong.

[I was listening to NPR the other day and during an interview, a rather ridiculous idea came across: that people with differing opinions must at some point come to agreement based on the conviction of one party or the other. In short, if I believe something strongly enough, your opposing opinion will be swayed by the strength of my conviction, and we should eventually agree. IMO, this cannot possibly work or even be desirable.]

I wish for our future people who will be motivated to making the world better. We have a great example in our president... let's keep it going in our own smaller spheres of influence.