2000-12-27 / Editorials

Editorial

Remember And Move
On In 2001
"This is a day of new beginnings,

Remember And Move
On In 2001
"This is a day of new beginnings,

Time to remember and move on.,"

runs a hymn frequently sung at church services this time of year. It strikes us as appropriate to our entire situation.

There's an excellent reason "remember" comes before "move on" in those two lines, we find. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," philosopher George Santyana declared, and rightly so. While a merciful amnesia is sometimes helpful, reviewing our mistakes, especially at the new year, helps to find ways to correct them. The debacle of the presidential election just past has brought calls for reforms throughout the country and it is likely that a new, more efficient system of casting and recording votes will be put in place by the next presidential election in 2004. Remembering past iniquities visited on some members of our society and the human family at large is a major factor in correcting ancient injustices. Reforms may be a long time in coming, but thanks to those who remember, arrive they eventually do.

After a long and bitter campaign for the presidency of the United States a new administration is making ready to take over the reigns of government. Remembering the multiplicity of nationalities and races that make up this nation, George W. Bush, the president-elect, is at this moment selecting cabinet officers and advisors from among a wide spectrum of ethnicities and backgrounds, moving on to build a coalition truly representative of the diversity that, unified, makes up the great nation in which we live.

The remembering and moving on that make up the beginning that is a new year go on at all levels of government and society. Outgoing President Bill Clinton has granted clemency and pardon to a number of people, as has Governor George Pataki. Throughout the land, people are remembering the past year and moving on to new and, we hope, better things.

While a government can pardon, though, friends and family have the power to forgive and we hope that at the onset of new beginnings they will do so, more for their own sake than for those they forgive for whatever wrongs may have been committed against them. Forgiveness benefits the forgiver more than the forgiven. There can be no better way to start a new year than freeing oneself from the constriction of anger and resentment, leaving room to grow and develop in new directions. We would do well to put resolutions for forgiveness at the top of our particular list for all parts of our lives, including ourselves. We remember the mistakes we've made over the past year or several, and we try to forgive ourselves for them so we can do better next time.

Remember, forgive, move on--these are our resolutions for the new year. We've found that if we keep them in mind the specifics take care of themselves.

We wish our readers all the best for the coming year. Remember and be remembered, forgive and be forgiven, and then may we all move on into a new and brighter 2001. Happy New Year.


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