January 5th, 2019


Memoro MMXVIII, Praedico MMXIX

Antonio Gramsci once wrote a quite brilliant essay on why he hates New Year's Day. He argues against it being a fossilised point, and would rather have a situation where: Every day I want to reckon with myself, and every day I want to renew myself. I admit that I am sympathetic to this point of view, however as much as one wants to do this, there is also value in graduated and longer-term planning and reflection. A daily reflection and plan, and monthly reflection and plan, quarterly, yearly, five-yearly, decal, until one's entire life is reflection and planning and, to borrow from Hannah Arendt, promising and forgiveness (if only to one's self). So dutifully, I look over the activities that have been in 2018 and that are to come for 2019.

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