As someone who when asked about religion describes himself as a paganistic humanist it seems redundant to say that as I've grown older, the whole Christmas and New Year thing has become more of a pain in the arse than a holiday. My wife, always one for a traditional Christmas, passed away three years ago, our two children are in the first flush of middle age and one of them has children of his own who will soon be wanting to abandon the family celebration and do their own thing. Thus Christmas is hardly relevant and my ‘new year’ comes into being from March 21st (the vernal equinox,) onwards. The promise of new beginnings in Spring fills people with hope for the future (theoretically at least,) but the blossom blooming and leaves emerging does tend to lift our spirits and energise us.
January however, can be quite depressing after all the Christmas hype and festivities. Back on the treadmill, another year of unfulfilled expectations beckons, and all the usual miserableists emerge from their hiding places to tell us how important it is we do 'dry January', adopt a vegan lifestyle, swear a vow of celibacy, and give up happiness … January is nearly unbearable for many people, a dead month, filled with doom and gloom and I look forward to the calendar turning to February and then, because February is only a short month to endure, to the first signs of spring.
Why this downer on post Christmas period?
Even today, with all our technology for making life more convenient, our heated and insulated homes, televisions and recorded music to fill the boredom of long, dark winter nights, January has a hard edge to it perhaps due to its short days, cold and wet, and the shock of returning to reality after the Christmas build-up, plus the prospect of dystopian future that is being planned for us by certain billionaire psychopaths.
And with continuing war in Ukraine and the high fuel prices and food shortages that we're told will accompany it, there does not seem to be much to look forward to. The promise of more pandemics (the genetically modified organisms that will deliver then are already being developed in laboratories funded by the aforementioned billionaire psychopaths,) according to some alt_news organisations, the World Economic Forum's pledge that in the future we will own nothing and we will be happy, and their plan to ban meat in order to 'save the planet' and supply us with endless helpings of mashed bugs to replace our steaks, burgers, pork chops and chicken, do not paint a rosy picture of the future.
I am looking forward to the Spring this year but since I have to be aware that it is January, it is cold and dark but maybe I can recommend we use the dark days as a time for reflection , for taking a step back from the daily stream of propaganda to consider the ay in which the ruling elites are taking us.
Does anyone besides myself have the impression that instead of reading history we will actually be living through a pivotal historical era (Interesting Times?) over the next few years? As well as escalation of the local war in Ukraine, which some of us have always said is really a proxy war waged by the USA against Russia, further emryonic conflicts between east and west are this year likely to become a global conflict between uni-polar American hegemony world…..and the contesting multi-polar world led by China, Russia and the Brics nations, and also on a lower level to all out war whed by the ruling elites on 'We The People' with the aim of stripping us of the rights, liberties and the prosperity out forebears fought for. I can'r recall in my lifetime ever being more convinced that that the elites, system and Governments are ‘out to get us’…and that they are doing it quite openly now.
Who can be trusted in any position of power anymore? How do we, the people, get that power back?
Further evidence..as if we need it…that open corruption is now the norm…….
A US House of Representatives investigation concluded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “collaborated” with biotechnology company Biogen on the approval of its Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm. Indeed, as 2022 comes to a close, American taxpayers are reminded yet again of the inappropriate and dishonest manner in which the FDA—the agency funded by taxpayers to ensure the safety and efficacy of the medications they take—collaborates with Big Pharma.
A group of UK doctors has called for an immediate halt to mRNA vaccinations pending a government investigation of serious concerns about their safety and lack of effectiveness.
And as if all that were not depressing enough this January, it looks as if a world governed by unelected technocrats and run by artificial intelligence will draw inexorably nearer in 2023. With that new pantheon of mini-gods – the scientists – sitting smugly pretty, it’s hardly surprising. Ostensibly the key question is who will exploit AI to the fullest. There are only two contenders: the US and China.
The stakes couldn’t be higher: for the victor, lasting technological,
economic and military dominance. It’s an international Battle of the
Boffins, engagingly analysed by American businessman Handel Jones in a
new book, When AI Rules the World: China, the US, and the Race to Control a Smart Planet.
It really depends on us as individuals. Are we prepared to take the path of least resistance and surrender ourselves to servitude , or are we willing to say to ourselves, " I will not take orders from a smart phone, not will I surrender to the siren voices telling me how wonderful a system of social credit scores and 'heath passports' will be. I will not drive a car that has a government controlled kill switch should I exceed my permitted mileage, not will I give up using cash because to do so gives authorities the ability to deny us the right to purchase certain goods and services if we have not earned enough 'credits' by compliance with policies for social control.
Its our choice. Think on it through these dark days and come the first day of spring decide wich side you are on. And so we begin 2023, who knows what kind of world we will live in by next New Year.