Same as the old year.
Seriously, though: I sincerely wish you all a happy new year and hope that it is filled with good fortune and God’s blessings.
But I’m not really joking in saying 2021 is going to be more of the same. I firmly sense that since 2000, America has been treading water in nearly every metric, and in fact has been getting slightly worse year over year. 2020 seemed like a tipping point and I think this decline which began in earnest on 9/11 but for which the seeds were planted decades ago, will accelerate. There will be more lockdowns over what is essentially a flu, more political and racial violence, more consolidating of our institutions by the forces of terminal wokeness.
Speaking of which, the self-styled masters of the universe will continue implementing the American privatized version of China’s social credit system. And because it’s driven by woke capital, they will face no repercussions because the Bill of Rights mainly protects citizens from (some) government action, so “Private business, bro” the libertarian and conservative flag-wavers will continue to bleat.
It won’t matter who is President come January 21, because we have one party that doesn’t really care about any of us. It cares about its own power. C’est la vie.
Culture will continue to be frozen in time yet simultaneously decline: we’re not innovating, and what we have just gets worse. Pale imitations of pale imitations. Everything is backwards looking, and what visions do gaze ahead contemplate a future so horrifying that returning to the life of a nomadic herding tribe seems more appealing. Props to Elon Musk who at least tries to be optimistically future-oriented.
But all is not lost. These are all macro trends. On the micro level, you have control over how you react. Get healthy, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Build strong families. Play the game just enough to accumulate some wealth. Strengthen your community and family ties. Don’t live in constant fear.
2020 served to open many people’s eyes to how rotten our system and those who run it are, and how rotten it has all been for a long time. The conspiracy kooks of the 1980s–and earlier–have been mostly vindicated. Normal people are getting wise to the con job that had been pulled on them most of their lives. Our job isn’t to say “I told you so!” but to say “Welcome. Here’s what we do.”
Don’t give in to despair. Don’t give in to violence. Don’t give in to blind hatred. You can have fun and be awesome while ignoring the noise and those bozos in Washington and in your statehouse and in city hall. The Emperor is not only naked, but is stupid and ugly. Laugh and ignore and live your life.
Now that this is out of the way, some stats:
Blog views and unique visitors continued to climb in 2020. Oddly, I had slightly fewer likes and less than half as many comments as last year. More visitors and less interaction.
Strange. Perhaps my content was more engaging in 2019. I’ll have to go through last year’s posts and see which ones got the most engagement.
At least I was somewhat prolific, writing and publishing two books. They were both supposed to be out by summer. And then by September . . . and then before Thanksgiving . . .
Note to self: writing two books at the same time was not a good idea. I’m a bit farther behind on others I’d hoped to have finished outlining now, like Swordbringer Book 3, but I’ll get there. Contrary to many, 2020 was mostly pretty good, including personal and family stuff I’m not going to get into here.
Keep your chins up everyone: we’ll be all right. Keep fighting the good fight and running the race and remember to have fun. The powers that be hate it when you have fun.