This is kind of one of those Preview of 2019 articles that SLL doesn’t post, primarily because nobody reads them, but this article is a lot better than the typical preview article, because it heads off in several different directions. From Doug “Uncola” Lynn at theburningplatform.com:
You can’t stop what’s comin’. It ain’t all waitin’ on you. That’s vanity.
– “No Country for Old Men”, 2007, Miramax Films
It’s a new year and time for new beginnings. But what does it mean exactly? Of course, it’s about time. I mean, that’s the answer. It is, truly, about time. Think about it. Time has a beginning, middle, and an end. You were born, a bunch of stuff happened, a lot of stuff is going on now, and, soon, more things will occur. Right up to the end. The very end, that is.
In the macro sense, we don’t need devices to tell time because these were recent inventions in the long march of man. Prior to mechanical measurements, countdowns, and glowing orbs in New York City, our ancestors simply divided their days via light and dark, the sun, moon, and the seasons. In fact, the world’s bestselling book of all time, the Bible, advises us to discern the “times” as “seasons” and says in its very first chapter:
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
– Genesis 8:22
It’s a nice thought. Even if the same book says we flourish like flowers and our days are like grass.
All of this came to mind when the topic of my retirement was broached recently. In not so many words, someone asked if I planned to keep slacking off until I was old enough to draw social security. I scoffed and then realized they were serious. In response I told them, in the not-so-distant future, I fully expected to die a violent death at the whim of an Orwellian state.
Happy New Year.