Happy New Year to all of you! I hope everyone had a wonderful evening and are now safe at home enjoying family and friends.
I wanted to share a New Year’s resolution and invite everyone to consider joining me in following it. I don’t think it will require any major feats of willpower, just an increase in awareness.
Let’s all try to tell ourselves better stories in 2014. Whether these are in the form of traditional novels, graphic novels, movies, television programs, it doesn’t matter. Let’s all try to take in the stories that tell of nobler things, things like honor, truth, bravery, hope, faith and, of course, love. By love I don’t mean the superficially romantic, physical love thrown at us by today’s culture, but the real love that we as humans give to our family, friends and fellow human beings. These are the virtues that reflect our Creator and set us apart from being mere animals.
Let’s try to avoid, as best we can, the cheap, the vulgar or obscene, the irreverent, the dysfunctional, the crude, and the pornography of blood and death. These things also separate us from the animals. These things make us lower than the beasts of the field, the swimmers of the depths, or the sailors of the sky.
Let’s all feed our spirits with stories that display the truth that being human is a wondrous joy and a divine responsibility.