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New Year ?


It’s a new year?

Is it?

What’s new about it?

Life and death go on, as ever.

Are we expecting change?

It is said that the “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”.

I’d have to agree.

The old EM (European Modernist) ‘its getting better all the time’ trope is starting to stale.
What is that one outstanding thing that doesn’t ever seem to change?


From the Caesars in (ancient) Rome to our own big little Caesars – at home.

Let’s parse that further.

MEN make war as they always have, and still do.

Women have little to do with it.

So at least half the human race is not automatically prone to it.

Name one genocide women have carried out?
For at least 400 years, another singular fact remains outstanding.

It’s European rulers that have destabilised the world far more than any other elites.

They gave us WW1 and WW2.

If there be a 3rd , it would also be theirs, in ownership.

Surprised they haven’t tried to patent it, and make it a sole monopoly, like with so many things?
So, is it a New Year?

Is it to be different?

Men make war, and European (in ancestry , if not in domicile) Rulers make more of it than any other.

When that changes, there will be real change.

I doubt book-makers will take in wagers on that.

Until then, 2023 will be just like 2022 with a single number added on.

So go on , celebrate.


All the fireworks set off at midnight can’t divert us from the dour
reality that is staring us in the face.

But I know: hope springs eternal?

So be it.

Some delusions can be life – and sanity! – preserving?


Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (Novel) , A Day in the Life (Novel), and Expiations (Verse)

[© R.Kanth 2022]


Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (Novel) , A Day in the Life (Novel), and Expiations (Verse)

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