And so the door is about to be closed on not only another year but another decade, the first of the new century. The funny thing about this is that whilst privately individuals are contemplating what this means to them and what changes or fresh starts they plan to make, there seems to be one preoccupation reported in the media that seems to have drowned out the more important issues - what name is to be given to the next decade? One idea that's been floating around is "The One-ders" get it? When considering that the new year and decade will find the world still wrapped in terrorist wars that have fractured international relations and unbalanced an already volatile world, not to mention trying to recover from from a global recession and the "perceived" threat of swine flu which has claimed thousands of lives, you have to ask yourself "who cares?"
In the film "2010" adapted from Arthur C Clarke's novel, Dr Heywood Floyd in his narrative epilogue points that this was the year that humanity could enjoy a new lease of life after a wondrous climactic change that rescued the world from the brink of a destructive war. When considering the horrific events of the past decade, the wars fought and the lives both civilian and military that have been lost as a result it would be too optimistic to hope that humanity could start to pull itself from the ever widening precipice we find ourselves hovering over.The new decade does however present everyone, politicians, monarchs, celebrities but most importantly ordinary people to bring about fundamental changes that could bring about a much needed peace, if but for a short time. A unifying miracle wouldn't go amiss either.
Happy New Year one and all and may 2010 bring you everything you deserve and more.