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Friday, January 1, 2010

On Good-luck Charms and How Things Remain the Same

2010 has just arrived, reality starts settling in. We unfocus our gaze from our good-luck charms to start looking around and see if things have changed overnight. They have not.

Those charms have not helped one bit and a sense of failure keeps poking its ugly head through the filmy layer of hope in which we have wrapped our resolutions.

Is it too early to be gloomy about the prospects for 2010? We are barely half a day into the new decade, you say. You are right about that. However, we must not be led astray by a false sense of hope and believe that our more immediate concerns, those that touch us to the core, will all of a sudden vanish into thin air and reality will be transformed in our favor. Far from that.

What we have to do in this next decade is to advance the fight, or struggle, if you prefer, for human rights. There is a great deal of work to be done and we have to start rolling up our sleeves and getting down to some real action. We can all enumerate a list of advances and setbacks we have seen in ten years.

We have to put pressure on our politicians so that they will start responding less to corporate interests and more to people’s real needs and that goes for both the north and the south of the planet.

We are sure each one of us has a list of grievances we would love were seen to. If we want to build on top of the first decade of this century, this is the time.


  1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog in 2009
    Come back any time you're welcome!

    I also want to wish you beautiful and Happy New Year 2010 !

  2. And to you, too, Gayte and abstraho, a wonderful new year. Howard, you rock. Cheers!

  3. Mauro, nao é verdade o que eu digo que os bikers no Brazil sao mais jovens? Tambem que no Recife eles tem uma reuniao cada ano e a cidade enteira fica com o barulho das motos por uma semana? Alguem me diz que nao.
    happy new year to you buddy

  4. That's absolutely right, Raul. Bikers in Brazil tend to be younger. Usually they belong to the elites who can afford bikes, in the first place. Now as for those HD kind of Bikes, it is usually an older crowd. Recife being smaller and more "elitist", I would guess that they would have such "displays". Meanwhile, the have-nots...