New Year’s Synthesis

Resolution is an over-used word not only on New Year’s Eve, but also in times of conflict and television watching. HD TVResolutions on New Year’s Eve are harmless enough: I’m going to quit smoking. I’m going to stop eating junk food. I’m going to be a better person. They’re said late at night, under the influence (of drink or good intentions) and are rarely remembered. fat guyThe problem with resolutions is that, when they are maintained, they result in conflict. Be it the NRA’s resolution to keep all of their guns, the Republicans’ resolution to not raise taxes, or the Syrian government’s resolution to win at all costs, nothing good ever comes out of this determination.

Republican House Speaker Jim Boehner is reported to have told Democratic Senator Harry Reid, "Go fuck yourself."

Republican House Speaker Jim Boehner is reported to have told Democratic Senator Harry Reid, “Go fuck yourself.”

Resolutions need to be compromised so that a, um, another resolution can be created. Rather than resolutions, I propose that we follow the simple philosophical theory of Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis. A good example of this is found in French history: Monarchy + Revolution = Republic.

French President Sarkozy with wife Carla Bruni

French President Sarkozy with wife Carla Bruni

My New Year’s Synthesis is a simple one: Talk + Listen = Think.

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