Well, it’s next year where I am. Time for summing-up.
2013 scared me. Our weather really does seem to have taken a turn for the worse; I think the fact that we broke the planet is starting to have real consequences. I can well believe this is the beginning of a worsening whose end I cannot see or predict. Likewise, it’s the year we saw how helpless we were in the face of pervasive, intrusive spying into our affairs. How thin is our privacy, how fragile our rights, how brittle our financial security. Again, we knew, but now we’ve seen it writ plain.
There were good signs, too: a pope who talks about poverty and inclusion; marriage equality spreading to more states; a breach in Republican intransigence; the beginning of Obamacare. Will these good trends continue into 2014? What suprises will the new year bring? (Close to my heart: how will Scotland vote in its upcoming referendum on independence?)
Winter is not my best time. Joy is an effort of will, and hope a work of faith. My online community of friends, which clusters around Making Light, has been a persistent source of will and joy, faith and hope, and I am grateful. May this fellowship continue into the new year, and the years to come.
Happy New Year, my friends, when it comes to you.