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Farewell to 2024?



Farewell, not hello.

2024 will be like 2023, except more.

More Gazas, more Ukraines, more….?

Who needs that?


The same run of Unspeakables, Unmentionables , et. al.

There are only armistices , in human affairs, if we are lucky.

War is our perennial condition.


Check that fact out.

It is not trivial.

Yet we keep hope alive, and think an ideal world is right round the corner.

It never is.


I recall an old song.

It went : everybody talks about a new world in the morning. New world in the morning never comes.

Sure, some things get better.

But others get worse.


HNY!we sing out, gaily.

But we should know we are kidding ourselves.

We’d be lucky just to stay safe!


So, that’s the Human Drama.

I’ve explained why in many pieces, not to be repeated here.

Take it as given,


Myths are our staple.

We couldn’t live without them.


From Santa Claus to Immaculate Redeemers, it’s all the same guff.

We need to sober up?


Life is a mystery (I know: Madonna said so).

The Universe is Inscrutable.

And we not so humble primates imagine we can achieve ‘utopia’ on a mineral ball spinning with molten lava at its core.

Delusions of grandeur?
Here is my own take.



Well we may have a reached a point where the consecrated , old myths are become passe.

And few really believe anything, anymore, with much gusto.

So we can make up new ones?

Or , walk away from myth-making altogether.


So more HNYs, please.

2024 is just another docket of days: I’m done with it.

Lucky simply to be alive?
“Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive
But to be young was very heaven.”

William Wordsworth, The Prelude

I’ll close with my own verse.



[©R.Kanth 2023]

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by the authors are their own, not those of LitVote.com

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (A Novel), A Day in the Life (Novel), Expiations (Verse), and Farewell to Modernism (Political Economy Tract).

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