EDITORIAL

The New Year

Albert Einstein once said, “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving.”

The New Year is said to mark a new beginning.

Some people will be thankful that the old year is all over and have already made resolutions for bigger and better things for the New Year.

On the other hand, many people have resigned themselves to more of the same.

Truth be told, people in general will view the past year as the “old order” and hope for a radical transformation in their personal lives for the New Year.

To be philosophical about the whole take, one could argue this is just a change in digits and by extension to be biblical there’s nothing new under the sun.

However, as we think about the New Year in a practical way, we must concede that there are many challenges ahead and if we ignore them, we do so, at our own peril.

There are wars on several fronts that could easily lead to World War 3, several countries are at the brink of a famine, there is climate change which if continues at pace could pose serious threats to life as we know it, crime and violence continue to plague many nations, and there are threatening pandemics just a mere cough away — of course, these are just a few of the major issues we must contend with going forward.

Notwithstanding, on the brighter side we can retrace the past year and track our achievements in sports, business, arts, economics, social relationships, science, and technology among other success stories.

For example, we think of India and its lunar lander/chandrayaan-3 which successfully touched down on the moon’s surface.

Indeed, that was no easy feat from what is regarded as a developing country and as some would be inclined to say a third world country.

We have also seen artificial intelligence dominate the talking points as this technology could revolutionize the marketing space beyond one’s imagination.

Additionally, we have seen the elimination of several infectious diseases in many different countries, for example, Belize is now malaria-free.

Now, closer home, contrary to what was earlier predicted, the U.S. avoided a severe recession and although still facing many vagaries in its economy managed to keep unemployment at a low rate, on the average of less than 4%.

That said, let’s not fool ourselves and become content because we are much better than what we have achieved thus far.

Let’s heed the words of Marcus Mosiah Garvey and I quote.

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden.” End quote.

So, for the New Year let’s join our hands and hearts together and as a united force work to overcome our struggles.

On a personal note, I hope that the new year will bring you peace, joy, and prosperity. 

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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