Happy New Year 2021

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And so, this is the end of the year! Year twenty-twenty; not a very good year, but we hope year twenty- twenty-one will be better. We shall see. This year has been catastrophic for many people, but I think it’s important to put things in perspective, and we should be trying to learn.

And so, although this has been a terrible year for most, it has been a very good year for others. Some people have had a very good year, perhaps making lots of money, possibly in the pharmaceutical or other industries, or also for big business, like Amazon and Netflix, Google and all the rest. But what can we do?

I think that probably the best thing to do is to appreciate that in our modern times, we have been lulled into a false sense of security, as if our modern time has some kind of unequivocal sense of permanent and forever unchanging society. However, if we look back on history, we can see that history has always been volatile, fleeting and unpredictable since the beginning of time; either through natural catastrophes, famine or war. Since the end of the Second World War, we thought we had security, we thought we would never have future wars, and live in a world of integrity and peace. But if you look back over the past seventy-five years since the Second World War, you can easily see that nothing could be further from the truth, with aggressions everywhere, in nearly every corner of the globe. So what we can take away from this is that we are living as part of an on-going history and part of a kind of evolution, and we should accept it as it is, and we should not be coaxed into false securities of thinking that we are being looked after by some benevolent state, which has our best interests at heart. But rather that things are as they have always been, and states have the habit of looking after themselves, before the plebeians, and democracy has proved itself to be relatively fickle and unpredictable.

We need to learn that life is in progress, and nothing is for sure, but good things can happen. Therefore, it is with this, that I hope that everyone reading this will endeavour to connect with the world around them, and start to cherish what we have, and accept it as a gift even if it is not forever, and things do change. We must be grateful of what we have been given at this present time, and welcome it not as a possession that we have any right to, to keep for always, but rather that we should be thankful that we have been given this moment in time. And with this I wish all of you a peaceful new year.

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