In 2016 much of the news was heart breaking. My year was excellent. The good fortune of shipshape health and no cavities. No accidents, no deaths, no divorces, just pretty much good news. If I stayed away from any media then, 2016 was very good.
The pages of Facebook friends were full of happy pictures of happy children, a wedding, and new babies and playful pups. There was some travel to parts unknown (Iceland) and some revisiting with friends and beloved Moms.
Yosemite National Park, no matter how beautiful the photos are, they don’t replace being there. New York City, Eureka Springs, Lake Geneva, Camp Douglas (yes… Camp Douglas Wisconsin) and the entire island of Puerto Rico were magnificent. Making snow angels and snow people, and sledding in the snow, as well as, riding horses on a beach in Rincon.
The Olympics was fun. Simone Biles and Michael Phelps, came home with a lot of bling. Phelps has more Olympic medals than anyone ever.
Yusra Mardini was the Syrian refugee that had the world cheering her on. Remember her? Not long before the Olympics she had been in the Mediterranean Sea swimming for her life.
People died. Some were famous and some of those people were really cool and it made us sad to lose them. People that graced this earth like Muhammed Ali, Gwen Ifill, and Alan Rickman, as well as many many others who maybe weren’t so famous but also graced the earth and left it a better place because they were here.
Fidel Castro finally died. Luckily he never proved to be the powerful mastermind of world domination he was originally reported to be. He was just a dude with a plan on a mountain. He successfully carried out his plan and it pissed off a lot of people for a long time.
Justice Antonin Scalia died and the President (Obama) quickly planned a replacement, but, Congress halted his choice by refusing to vote for a new justice until we got a new president. (that sucked).
A lot of black people died after being shot by white policemen. Then a lot of white policemen were shot and the nation started taking sides. (that sucked too)
Some of the worst news in the US…
Flint Michigan knowingly allowed lead in the public water supply.
Roger Ailes got $40 million and an early retirement for sexually noodging and intimidating women.
The assault on the planet planned by the incoming US president to improve the economy.
If I didn’t care about clean water, clean air, and a happy planet I’d be in a great mood. I’m not in a great mood.
“The truth is that people in every age find reason to believe that their best times are behind them, and all that remains is decline and despair — that note of lament Cicero hit in 63 B.C.: “O tempora, o mores!” But far from uttering a generalized moan, the orator was castigating the corruption of his age as expressed in one man, Catiline, the author of a plot to seize power in Rome. The historian Sallust described Catiline as “reckless, cunning, treacherous, capable of any form of pretense or concealment. Covetous of others’ possessions… He possessed little discretion. His disordered mind craved the monstrous, incredible, gigantic.”
Historians can be so judgmental. I’m sure Catiline just wanted to make Rome great again.
This guy Sallust hung out with Julius Caesar and uttered his words, which were reportedly recorded in 63 BC, in a works he called Catiline’s War
It appears to me, therefore, more reasonable to pursue glory by means of the intellect than of bodily strength, and, since the life which we enjoy is short, to make the remembrance of us as lasting as possible. For the glory of wealth and beauty is fleeting and perishable; that of intellectual power is illustrious and immortal.
So Sallust was right. It has been well over 2000 years since he spoke Italian words that have been translated to English. I’m not sure who translated for us and from what book, but, that said, — until the world implodes or we blow ourselves up in fury we’ll know this guy and his wise words. So — if you and yours are happy, safe, healthy, cavity free and comfortable then it has been a good year.