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January 3, 2015



Coming into a new numerical year... from 2014 to 2015... like every new year... takes a moment of thought... a pause... to remember accurately the date change. The date... time... a year... is something we hold in common around the world... not related to anything basically philosophical... but... being just a way to charter our days... and our lives.

I remember when I was young... I thought about the new millenium... how old would I be... when the year became... 2000... rather than 1999...? Would I still be alive and what would I be doing...? the date being a milestone in human history. But really... other than Y2K... it was... just another year... just another date... just another New Year's paper hat that got thrown away... soon to be forgotten.

It wasn't that I had expectations for the new millenium. It was more like... a solar eclipse that happens only once or twice in a lifetime. I wasn't expecting any grand changes in the world... or... a REAL new beginning for humanity... or... an opportunity to recharge and rebuild... to think anew about our world and what we are doing as a civilization.

And... as it happened... the mantra "ring out the old and ring in the new" -- quickly reset itself... back into... the OLD. If civilization was hoping for a wonderful "New Year's Resolution" to help jump start changes that it needed to make... to create a better world... it would be... disappointed.

The world was still... in a ditch. It was not going to be transformed into a new world of hope and healing easily... just by the changing of a year.

Magic can happen... it does happen... in our big ole bulky human world. Light happens... and an entire way of seeing life... can change in the blinking of an eye... with the speaking of a few words... with a poem... a song... or a book.

Light... changes the world.

I had dreams when I was young. What is life without a dream or two... to aim for. But... what most people discover is... it means work. If one wishes for fame and fortune... one may well discover that... backstage... it is a lot of work... and that... there are downsides to everything... that things get pushed aside that had also meant something. The reality of dreams is... attaining them includes their downsides... their realities.

What are our dreams for our world...?
What was it that we wanted...? in our young years...? in our dreaming years...? Was it really... to change everyone...? Was it really... to have sexual freedom...? Was it really... to do drugs...? to end war...? Just what... were our dreams...?

I'm thinking that... our dreams were... to live bravely... to live in peace with all things and all people... to make respect for each other a real common denominator in our lives... to treat each other as adults... and... to have REAL things... REAL feelings... and lives that reflect who we really are...

I'm thinking that... we were brave enough to aim for TRUTH... and we somehow believed that... that TRUTH... would be beautiful. I'd like to say... that I've discovered that... it really is... but... until we learn the meaning of "respect"... the real meaning of love and respect... the TRUTH... will be just another hell. And mankind has had too many milliniums... of hell.

I wish each and all... a happy happy year.






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