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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: New Year (05/09/05)

TITLE: The Disdain of King Solomon
By naomi mac millan
05/13/05


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Sometimes I wonder if a New Year really exists, or if it's just something we made up to make us feel empowered to change. Because when you think about it, nothing has really changed, we're all still pulling a nine to five, trying to survive and get the next bill paid. We're all still too fat or too skinny, still single or in a screwy relationship, we're all still tired of the mundane activities of everyday life, rise, work, rinse, repeat.

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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Leticia Caroccio05/16/05
I liked your title best. But - I am one who celebrates the new year. If it was a particularly difficult year, then I celebrate the hope of a better year. If it was a great year, then I celebrate all that the passing year brought. I guess you can always find something to be thankful for.
Phyllis Inniss 05/18/05
Perhaps you're right about everything being the same, but you know change is a constant thing and there's our paradox. I like your entry; it's different and well thought out.
Helga Doermer05/18/05
Yes, the Roman calender is an arbitrary one. The ancients celebrated according to the seasons, celebrating the new year in spring - much more natural.