Indulge me the 'who'd have thought...' device a bit here in our covertly Hollywood-sentimental look at the year that was, in order to appreciate the year to come.
As in...who'd have thought (unless they'd been keeping a keen eye on the backdrop story) that Putin would cease so quickly to be the West's propaganda bad-panda and metamorphose before the public's very eyes to be respectfully (if a tad grudgingly) acknowledged as the grandmaster kung fu panda he actually is – Nato and Russia working together, I mean; and who'd have thought (unless they'd been keeping a keen eye on the backstory) that, aside from the usual raft of deft, sly, market-manipulatory tactics deployed, manufacturing production levels would fall so dramatically, so quickly, in China that the price of oil would drop below $40 a barrel – ever again in history (considering it's such a fast dwindling resource and one upon which the whole world still presently relies to keep the global show going)?
In fact with daisies still growing in profusion in England in this unseasonably mild inter-festive period, who'd have thought all the Arctic land-ice wouldn't have completely melted by now and we'd still all be here at all instead of under the newly risen sea.
In this highly volatile, unpredictable, Alice in Wonderland on ketamine and goodness knows what else milieu, where astrologically speaking at least we're we'll past the half-way point in the cycle that triggered the 2008 financial crash, the Arab Spring and all associated subsequent destabilization it instigated, a cycle that compelled society's structure, and by extension its infrastructure, to morph, occasionally violently, in order to emerge evolved, I'm willing to nonetheless make and state a prognosis by way of oracular prediction for the human family this coming year.
Whether it's a big yin-yang swing, a medium one, or just a wee one – my hunch is medium, (whatever that actually means), I see and feel this coming year to be one of a burgeoning succulence in the sense of a fecundity capable of producing some remarkable results, every bit as unpredictable as Nato and Russia joining up as bombing-buddies, a year in which the reaction to the extremes of global mind-numb perpetrated and perpetuated by mainstream media and the transformation of what we'd come to think of as real life, into a Simon Cowell, the World's Got Talent, mega-production – our Donnie standing for president and so on, will start to show itself in the form of people who are awake and erudite, articulate and inquiring, educated and with a recall system that operates well enough to afford them historical perspective, and above all with the sort of evolved sense of both humor and altruism you'd have expected us to have collectively attained to by now, had we not been hijacked by the let's-get-dumb brigade back around the start of the century.
There will be a renaissance of thought, of music, of art, of expression of all kinds, of coming together in genuine familial mutual respect, and a surge of positivity in all areas of life, unlike any we've seen for quite a while.
And it's going to be fun.
The doctor has spoken
Not to say it'll be free of all the idiocy, ignorance, illiteracy and other irritants, but that these will stop being in the ascendant and the ineffable ingenuity of humanity will come to the fore.
You heard it here first.
And be assured, dear family member, I will be here as long as the Tao gives me chi and life, serving you in the way I do best, bringing you this view of the ancient Taoist sage in modern times.
Mind you I say ancient, I'm only the opposite of sweet sixteen, 61, though I do look, act, talk, move, and above all feel 16, on account of all these madly effective Taoist practices I share with you, guaranteed to elicit the sweet sixteen in you too. Talking of which, I wish you one of those – a sweet '16, sweeter, better, richer, healthier, and more fun than any year of your life so far.
With love, young Barefoot
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