What a happy time of year this is, spending time with loved ones, enjoying great food, making merry and spreading good cheer. This is however, also a time for reflection on the past year to see what happened that may have changed history, made us happy or sad and prepared us to make our resolutions for the New Year.
There is a calendar published by Robert Hall and Tim Cook called Badadvent2016. This gave me an idea for an article reminding us that even though tensions are high, many don’t like the outcomes on many things, we lost significant talent this year..it could ALWAYS be worse. This year saw the Zika virus which some believed would become another plague as in 1347-1348 which destroyed 1/3 of the worlds population. Further down the timeline, we could again be caught in the Holocaust in the years 1942-1943 which were supposed to be the heights as the all-conquering Wehrmacht pushed through to the Soviet Union until stopped at Stalingrad. Even though we have ISIS..we are still far from that type of slaughter. Depends on perspective I suppose, for example, Native Americans would no doubt reflect on 1492 being the worst year in history while Syrians would no doubt say 2016 and the Irish would say 1845 for the first year of the famine. Some of us might say the worst year was 2001, on September 11th, again it depends on your perspective.
Now this past year saw some remarkable things, some of them never before done. We saw a grassroots campaign come from nothing and challenge a major political candidate. We saw Britain leave the European Union, calling their monumental move, the Brexit. Iran cut ties with all other Arabic nations and a military coup failed in Turkey. Then Korea announces it has the hydrogen bomb and has successfully tested it, putting them in the even more unpredictable group of countries with an axe to grind with the US.
Russia successfully hacked, not once, but twice into the DNC allowing for documents to be circulated into the mainstream media. A tactic they have used before in elections and undoubtedly will use again. The most disturbing part of this is NOT that it MAY HAVE caused or been done for Donald Trump to win the Presidential election, but that Russian cyber capabilities are far more advanced than ours with the likes of Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, also Guccifer 2.0, who proved that the system was hacked. A sobering thought since everything is cyber related now. Now the response to this from officials has been limited, except Congress who put out a press release questioning Edward Snowden who in fact was working on a return to the US with Obama through attorneys. They are able to track the source of these leaks, it was the same as the hack on Ukraine, Africa, etc. It’s a new age.
Oh yeah... Bernie lost, Hillary ran against Trump, emails were exposed twice by Comey, again and then Trump won as President by electoral votes. Then there were riots and protests by the people who voted and felt slighted by the majority win by Clinton. That is not our system, the fore fathers did not want the people electing the top cop.
This was also a year to be remembered for great loss, some 40 in all. David Bowie, Prince, Glen Frey, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan, John Glenn, Janet Reno, Alan Rickman, George Kennedy, Gene Wilder, Alan Thicke, Florence Henderson, Grant Tinker, Garry Marshall..on and on. It really was a crippling year for the loss of great and unforgettable talent.
But as I said, it could be much, much worse. We still have the works of those artists. We also do not know what the future holds with our uncertain President-elect and Russia. We don’t have a plague and it is a time of celebration.
So here are some wonderful Christmas quotes;
“Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind and that's what's been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, maybe I can do something about it."
"Yes, buy! In the Spirit of Christmas. The hard part’s going to be stealing the money to pay for it."
"Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate, you know."
"Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.”
"Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant."
"It's Christmas Eve. It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we woul be."
Merry Christmas to All…and to all a Good Night…:)