Hello fellow revelers, in your words, in the order they arrived, here is 2011…
illuminati zombies mathyapolis anonymous Kardashian – “really?” Irene scribbling(s) HOT! frustrating “Like” followers friended unfriendedRepubli-jokes awakening occupy occupy expensive penultimate bunnies demonifying prepping gardening climate change solidarity 99%
Our game was 201 and 1, in which we were trying to come up with 201 words, and I was going to add one more at the end. We didn’t come up with that many, which is just as well. It would have been closer to the Illiad than the flash poem I was going for. The “and 1” is for one word I wanted to follow the rest, which would be a little gift from 2011 to 2012. The words you gave to describe 2011 have a bit of a sense of mystery to me, like we’ve all been uncovering a little more of what the world is about. It is also electric, with most of the words suggesting action of some sort. Concern for the earth, and how things are changing, is enmeshed in all of it, as is a sense of the importance of our neighbors and how we relate to each other, how we ‘be’ with each other. Reading each of these words, the one that to me follows logically for 2012 is….
I am hoping that the momentum of 2011, including the frustrations, anxieties, and actions prompted by them, will lead us on a more unified path in the year ahead. Unified, of course, does not mean “same.” I think of it, more, as harmonious, to permit each of us to be more productive on every level. I believe that we are coming to a place with a more global scope and broader embrace. The world needs a great big injection of peace, and the war in Iraq ending may be a catalyst for that. It’s also time to get past the politicking and on to the bigger questions of the day, including how to start really fixing all the wrongs that are metastasizing, including things like global warming/climate change, financial corruption, exclusionary policies and practices, wobbly financial regulations, a political system where money is synonymous with advantage, crumbling infrastructure in the U.S., and a food production system that is killing its citizens. It will take a breaking down of the walls that separate us, including the one between the 99 and the one percent, to even begin to accomplish any of these goals, all of which are vital to our successful survival.
So adieu to you 2011, and hello to you 2012, the year of 100%.
QUESTION: how about you? What do you see in store for the year ahead? What should we be striving for this year? What’s your word of the year? Go ahead … gimme the dirt!