One of the unsung classics of modern holiday music is Dan Wilson’s indie rock New Year’s anthem “What a Year for a New Year,” which first came to my attention via the 2002 compilation album Maybe This Christmas. It’s kind of an “Auld Lang Syne” for the Gen-X crowd, and it really resonated with me from the first moment I heard it. It’s also a song that has special relevance this year, as we all try to put the dismal time that was 2020 in our collective rearview mirrors.
2020 has been a terrible year for almost every human being on the planet. It has been a year of sickness and isolation, anger and fear, and bravery and cowardice. Whole corners of the planet have been burned to ash by furious wildfires, and washed away by raging storms.
It’s time we were done with 2020.
Next year, let’s try starting with something new. A fresh beginning to a new era. Let’s rebuild. Let’s try new ideas. Let’s end the bad-faith posturing of the power mad and the greedy, and start building a society that we actually would like to live in.
It’s a lot to ask, I realize that. But the alternative is a 2020 that never ends. We deserve better.
Even in the best of times, people need to feel safe. This means protection from the dangers of the world, while also having the resources to survive the challenges to come. In an uncertain world like ours, security and prosperity are not much to ask for. That’s the desire that this sigil speaks to.
Wisdom can come from the most unlikely of places. Take the quote of this sigil, for example. It reminds us that we have the power to create any kind of world we like, and that it can be as good, equitable, and benevolent as we can imagine. Just because happens to come from the fictional horse-headed alien cosmic superhero Beta Ray Bill doesn’t make it any less true.
This sigil was commissioned from Etsy-based sigilist Hala, and if you like what you see, it’s worth taking a moment to check out her shop. Thanks for the guest post, Hala!
Here’s a bit of modern sigil update to Alphonse de Lamartine’s famous quote, “Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.” If the language seems a little out of date, that’s probably because he wrote that in the mid-1800s. Perhaps we can forgive the language, given that he helped to end both the death penalty and slavery in France during the short-lived Second Republic.