[January 1, 2022] I believe it most appropriate to look ahead to the future in this first article of the New Year. The year 2022 will bring unexpected challenges to advocates of liberty, self-determination, and prosperity. Those who chose the most challenging way ahead to this end will be rewarded as we find our next mission in life.
How do we, those of us steeped in the Western view of individualism, move ahead with our families and communities? Will we be able to navigate the troubled waters ahead in 2022? Can we provide the much-needed strong leadership to pursue a better path to a brighter tomorrow?
These questions and more will be addressed from the perspective of what we can do and how we can learn from failure and success. Weak leaders will continue to enable evil and smart folks without a grounding in morals will encourage evil.
Suppose the current social trends of last year continue. In that case, long-standing traditions and histories will be changed or deleted, an evolving “new” moral lens (without a foundation in tradition or relevant experience), and less political, religious, and individual freedom. That is troubling, but there are bright spots.
The single, most supportive thing any of us do is help ourselves and our families. If we can then do so, we might move forward to helping our community. Those who do are fulfilling a primary leader obligation.
I see a growing class of young men and women who outright reject the enticement of the ideologies that support violence, hatred, and envy. I’m encouraged by them. These young people need encouragement and support. We must learn to recognize who they are and give them our blessings and help. Let’s have their back so they can move forward to making our world a better place.
It can be done. That is why I look forward to the New Year of 2022 with happiness.
Happy New Year and best wishes to all those who would do our world good.
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