I’m sitting here, a few minutes before the beginning of the new year and I’m mentally reviewing the year that is almost past. It’s been a year of highs and lows, as, I suppose, every year is.
The lowest point was discovering that we have even less privacy than we thought we had; Congress and the NSA made sure of that. The next lowest point is the fact that the news media, which is always so quick to assign blame, even before they investigate a story, has been eerily silent on the subject, as have the citizens of this country.
This coming year may show us what our apathy is costing us. I remember posters in the 1950’s wherever we went telling us Big Brother is watching you. George Orwell wrote his prophetic book, 1984, in 1949, warning us about the overreaching of government, or Big Brother, as he called it, and the loss of our privacy. And little by little, we are experiencing it.
The thing that concerns me is that each time we lose another of our Constitutional rights, people shrug their shoulders and accept their fate as though they don’t have a choice. We are so busy trying to make other countries embrace democracy, yet we seem to be losing the democracy we preach to the rest of the world.
There were a couple of high spots this past year. One of them was of a single guy in a restaurant who overheard a mother and daughter having an emotional discussion about a medical diagnosis and he told his waitress that he was going to pay their tab but not to tell them until after he left the restaurant.
Another high spot was that of a high school bully who had to apologize to a boy for saying that he has no friends when a hundred people showed up at his school to defend him. His aunt reached out to her online car club on Facebook and asked people to come for lunch that Friday and fifty cars showed up with a hundred people in support of the boy.
I’m looking at the clock and I hear firecrackers going off in the streets, so now it is officially New Year’s Day. May the new year bring everyone good health, happiness, and the freedom to enjoy life.