From many perspectives, 2016 was a disturbing year, when many of the certainties of the post-WW2 consensus broke down. All over the world, forces seem determined to put the clock back – break down the EU, vote in authoritarian right wing governments, re-establish white supremacy in US, and US dominance over world, re-create the USSR, re-establish the caliphate, stop the establishment of democracy, establish Chinese dominance in E Asia… The spectre of the uncertain 1930s hovers in the air.
It is easy to be discouraged. We just need to remember the truism that the day is always darkest just before the dawn. And the only thing we can influence directly is our own psyche and doings in the world. There is always room for hope, and being the best we can in the world, fulfilling our own true selves.
See the Dalai Lama’s quote in the featured image.
I was brought up watching Westerns on TV. Remember, the good guys always won, and sometimes villains were redeemed.
Quote and featured image from Brainyquotes