Welcome to 2019! Here in New Zealand it’s just begun. And I have to wonder. Is it going to be the same bizarre, weirdo collection of ‘crisis of humanity… what crisis of humanity?’ stuff as 2018?
Meanwhile, as the rain pours down where it shouldn’t and the climate looks like it’s about to go into ape-psycho-frenzy mode, as the neo-con revolution of the 1980s reaches a disgraceful end-game amidst a divided and increasingly neo-tribalised world, and as what looks to me like plain old fascism and bully-boy strongman leadership reasserts itself in various places, I can’t help thinking we are at a crossroads. As a species. As a planet. It’s a worry. So let’s look instead to the good we can find in people.
Let’s hope that 2019 is a year where the good in humanity can be re-discovered, where the virtues of tolerance, kindness and reason are again asserted. Let’s look to a world where we can celebrate the differences we see in each other – where we can draw strength from those differences and move forwards together in a spirit of cooperation and hope. The funny thing is, that isn’t hard. We can easily do it, as a species, if we want to.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2019