1 Jan 2017

...Entering 2017

2017, the way I see it, is decorated with loads of uncertainty. Plenty of speculation about politics, the environment, technological advancement, etc. 2017 is also heavily branded as the year for self-renewal and mending, I feel. Especially with quite a load of shocking events that some people definitely need time to recover from.

2017 also seems to be a time for serious reflection. Some of the negative events that occurred in 2016 had human factors. Trouble is that there's that tendency of some people to quickly lapse into mudslinging blame games without much mutual understanding between each other or tackling of the root problems. Humans are both the solution to, and the obstacle between, many major challenges, which is very vexing. I'm already annoyed by fictional situations of drama and disaster arising from such failure to communicate and cooperate, let alone real-life ones.

Leaving 2016...

You know, it's tempting to call 2016 a really crappy year, like a whole bunch are doing right as they brace for the fresh start.

Yeah, there are quite an unusually high number of notable celebrities who've died this year. Yes, there have been a spade of disasters. And yes, politics has thwarted many people's expectations. It's easy to use all of this as a basis to anthropomorphize 2016 as hardly anything less than a sadistic beast.

But we also tend to mentally latch onto negative stuff more than the positive or neutral. There have been neat accomplishments and neat events. Off the top of my head, Elon Musk is making big steps towards cleaner energy & EM drive & space travel, Pokemon Go's made positive ripples in the scenes of alternate reality gaming and mobile gaming, a few endangered animal species (I can't remember which, I think the panda and humpback whale were part of them?) are off the endangered list, and self-driving vehicles for the public are looking even more promising. Oh and Final Fantasy XV came out after nearly a decade, and it hasn't been a huge disappointment fortunately! Point is that there are loads of positive milestones that have been getting less spotlight in the frenzied media, and we should celebrate those.