According to some people’s reading of the Mayan calendar, and a popular disaster movie, the world might end in the coming year. I have a few things to say about that.
First, to quote a song by REM: “It’s the end of the world as we know it… and I feel fine.”
The world as we know it is always ending. Change is the only constant in the physical universe. Even inside granite, electrons are spinning faster than a movie star’s marital status. Maybe, in some dimension, there is a realm of absolute existence that never changes; here on Earth, my friends, change is accelerating.
Take a small example: computer programs like Windows. Every few years it’s a new system. I was railing about this to my daughter. I said, “Angela, why the fuck do they have to keep changing everything?”
She said, “Daddy, you just have to roll with it.”
My resolution for 2012: Roll with it.
I close with a cartoon that I hope gives you courage to face the new year in a spirit of flexibility and hope.