My New Year’s wish for you
In the new year I’d love to wish for a sudden attack of good sense among the world’s leaders. Maybe a full-on effort to develop clean energy for example. And cut the US military budget by half, so we’d only be out-spending the next largest mil-budget by a factor of three instead of six. Or if you prefer, outspending the next five countries combined instead of the next 20. I suppose it could happen, but planets don’t generally win lotteries. So my wishes will have to be more personal in nature.
I love movies, and especially ones where the main character is changed by the story. Which is to say, they learn something that deepens their humanity, often at a terrible price but sometimes not. This is called character development, and it marks the difference between James Bond and Wikkus from District 9 or Sarah Connor from Terminator. In Bond movies, a bunch of stuff happens, but 007 himself is no better than when he started. In a good movie the main character is edified by the experience.
Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…” So I guess that makes you and me actors in our own little movies.
So my wish for you is that your character development this year be an inspiration to your audience, whoever that may be. And that the ratio of benefit to cost be high. As happy a New Year as can be, may it all add up in December, and many sequels.
Idle question for New Years’…
What percentage of New Years’ posts do you suppose use the “Earthrise” picture?
- Astronomer Phil Plait explains; “What is a new year, exactly?“