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Topic: New Year (05/09/05)
TITLE: The Disdain of King Solomon
By naomi mac millan
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Each year new self help books come out telling us what to do to make this the best year of our lives, only to come out the next year with the same old drivel, but maybe a different cover and a few extra pages.
I believe King Solomon says in Ecclesiastes, " there is nothing new under the sun", so if this is true, (and I'm assuming it is,) then isn't it safe to assume that there really is no new year? The sun is still rising and setting in the same fashion, people are loving and hating as they always did? Yes, yes, yes. So why do we need to celebrate a new year if it's nothing but repitions of the past? I think we need the concept of a new year because it gives us hope that things can change, that things can be different. We fool ourselves into believing that certain things have never been done before and instead we simply repeat history in a technologically advanced way.
I don't like the concept of new years, because to me it suggests discontentment. It makes one feel as if what they have now, and who they are now isn't good enough, it makes one feel regret over things that they did not get to accomplish during the previous year.
The truth is nothing has really changed, the sun is still coming up, your still doing your daily routine, there are still seven days in a week, 4 weeks in a month and 12 months in a year. Nothing has changed at all. It's just another day.
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