Alternatively, my cynical pessimistic side wonders, what sort of headlines will we see? How many school shootings can we expect? What celebrities will we lose? Will a certain thin-skinned world leader get so offended by a tweet he'll activate the nuclear codes and bring about World War III?
I feel very ineffectual when it comes to world events, and I consider myself just an observer, shaking my head in discouraged wonderment that the human species refuses to learn from history.
I love history. I write about historical events. But it never ceases to amaze me that even though the past is clearly documented, and shows that greed, war and all forms of corruption are NOT beneficial to the whole of humanity. I have often wished that, on a cellular level, humanity develops a collective knowledge. "Gee, seems like we tried tyranny before, and it didn't work out so well." But, alas, that will never be.
Writing about past generations, I give my antagonists these all-to-human flaws (or else you don't have a story, for Pete's sake!). And all I can do is accept that this is human nature...
Children are our future, but every generation was the hope of those before it. I look at the beautiful faces of my nieces and nephews' children (collectively, my great-niblings) and wonder, maybe THEIRS is the generation upon which we can place our hope.
But, as I often say, Attitude is Everything. I do count my blessings. I have an incredible life; a loving husband, a comfortable home, plenty of food, a reliable vehicle, a wonderful network of friends and family--I could go on. And all I can do is send out love, compassion and hope to all as we begin a shiny New Year.
Happy holidays to all and may 2017 be good to you!