2017 is finally here! I don’t think we’ve ever wished for a year to end as much as 2016, and it’s finally happened. 2016 is no more…good riddance! To be fair, personally, 2016 was a really good year. However, looking back on the year, I don’t see it in a positive light at all. Because, while the year may have been good to me, so many terrible things have happened that have affected all of humanity.
This past year, I slowly lost my faith in the human race. To be part of a world where suffering, pain, and terror is normalized is something I never thought I’d live through. But, we live in a time where waking up to news of corruption, rape, discrimination, and terrorism has become so common that we have become almost insensitive to it. We read the news, feel sorry, and then go on with our day…and that’s just wrong. This behaviour reminds me of a few lines from my favourite poem, ‘The Shield of Achilles’, by W.H. Auden, which right now seems almost like a prediction come true.
“That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,
Were axioms to him, who’d never heard
Of any world where promises were kept,
Or one could weep because another wept.”
Auden writes here that we live in a world where children have never known of kept promises or human sympathy. They live in an atmosphere that is illogical and vicious; a world that has destroyed any moral sensation that curbs people from committing atrocious acts.
This year has definitely been one for the books – generations to come will read about 2016 in their history texts. Humans never learn, is what I’ve taken from this year. Politics, war, genocide, discrimination, and terrorism are not new to the human race. Since the beginning of time we have been going through these similar motions of terror in a vicious never ending cycle.
But, a popular quote says that ‘after the darkness, there is always light’, and 2017 is the light everyone is looking to right now. We have huge expectations from this year, and I hope it delivers. While the world is a terrible place today, I believe that all that has happened has also been positive in a sense. Change is what we need, and the events of the past year have hopefully been horrifying enough to catalyse that change. This year, more people have been jolted awake from their ignorance, and 2017 will be a year of awareness, progress, and change (I sincerely hope).
I know people have a whole bunch of generic New Year’s resolutions every year, y’know, exercise, eat healthy, travel, and the like. But, I believe that this year it should be every human being’s resolution to be more aware and proactive. Ignorance is our worst enemy, and the only way to salvage the human race is to change the way in which we currently think and act.
So, here’s to a new year filled with expectations and hope. The world will not get better in a day. The pain and suffering of 2016 will not be forgotten and buried, but after a dark year, we need something to believe in, and I believe that this year will be a better year.
P.S. I know this post has just been me rambling on, but honestly, when the clock struck 12 and everyone started wishing each other, these were the thoughts swirling around in my head. Just thought I’d get them out and share them.
Cheers, 2017. Let’s do better this time round.
Happy new year, everyone!
That’s all for now, folks!
Hope you’re having a good morning/afternoon/night wherever you are!
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