The below write-ups comes from a reader, thetekkie, who just so happens to be the maker of http://www.greatpcgames.com (link on the right), and also my father. Enjoy!
It’s goodbye 2013, and by the look of it, it couldn’t come too soon. We saw the loss of Peter O’Toole, James Gandolfini, Elmore Leonard, Tom Clancy, David Frost, Margaret Thatcher, Lou Reed, Paul Walker and Nelson Mandela. We watched thousands die in Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan and again in Northern Ireland. We sat back and allowed the poor and oppressed overseas and at home continue to be treated less than human. We saw bankers continue to rape us with impunity while their victims who have lost their homes, businesses and jobs have been vilified by the government, press and even ourselves.
If we can learn anything from 2013 then it could be that we are all mortal. Even richness and infamy can’t stave off the cold hand of death, and at some point we will die. Although that could sound negative, maybe we should look on the positive side of it. The knowledge that we can choose our legacy. Look at that list of losses at the start again, and think about how those you know made you feel when you found out that they were gone.
2014 can be the year that it all changed. It can be the year that we stopped hiding away hoping that the bad guys don’t notice us, and we say that enough is enough. No more senseless deaths to famine. No more greed forcing good people to live in poverty. No more tyranny either abroad or at home. This can be the year that we fix the world, one good deed a day at a time. It doesn’t take much. Checking to make sure that your neighbour is OK. Don’t buy the newspaper that you know is lying to you. Stop using that company that has ripped you off. There is so much that we can do without really doing much of anything, and in time those small things will add up and we will know that the neighbour is happy, the newspaper will start being honest and that rip off company will have to respect you as a person, and not just a cash cow.
Have a wonderful new year.