2022 Should Be Seen as the Year for Democracy

Source: Common Dreams
by John Nichols

“One hundred and fifteen years ago, on Jan. 1, 1907, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to his wife, Clara: ‘And now, let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.’ Rilke was a delicious wordsmith, and these are some of his finest phrases. But we ought not imagine that his call for a deep embrace of the new year as a moment of hope and opportunity was merely a romantic notion. We should begin each new year with a faith in its possibility.” (01/03/22)