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.