Caption This (Year)

This year has had a vey thought-provoking start for most of all citizens of planet Earth. We have been scarred somewhat by the experience of the past year, and the we are greatly unsure of the present and future year.

So many uncertainties lie before us all this. COVID 19 is not seeing it’s very natural and much awaited end, economies continue hope and plan for a future no Exchequer can assure, and our society faces a new normal we cannot presently envisage nor make peace with (yet). Politics is a whole other issue.

This coming year bring with it much hope, and strain, and a coming to minds we have not experienced in the past century.

As a political scientist, I am trained to follow “who has what, when, and how”. That has entirely flown out the window with the whirlwind this world has been through these past 12 months or so. From being parents to children who have not been in school for months, to being one who has struggled with being retrenched, to the lives we lost to this disease – the world has been greatly transformed that may be irreversible.

So the question must arise, what do we hope for? Especially on the tail of a number of elections, both home and far, that have brought out horrific aspects of man. Inexorable aspects of society.

2021 = 2020 (Vision)

We must rise above the fears and hate that have hindered positive action in our societies, countries but mostly in ourselves.

I am consistently and constantly surprised by the routes our leaders choose to take in these moments of great import: Trump, Museveni, even Odinga does not escape. Despite this, we must aspire and allow (right now maybe push) ourselves to be inspired by those that are tirelessly fighting for this year, and the years ahead.

“We have gotten a reprieve. Democracy has gotten a reprieve with Biden’s victory. That’s all it is. We did not win a rejection of what Trump stands for. We have got to ask ourselves, “Why are we at a place where democracy is now so very threatened, and what do we do about it?” That is the question that every American should be discussing.”

This is an excerpt from an interview between the Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders, and John Nichols, a writer with The Nation.

Perservearance.

Fortitude.

Patience.

This is how we clear the fog that lays ahead of us. As consistently and as constantly as we are reminded of the struggles ahead, we must apply ourselves to a world we inherited, a world we wish to leave to those we love and care greatly for. And there is hope. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was just entered into legal force!

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