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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: January 5, 2012

MMXII

MMXII is the year 2012 spelled out in Roman numerals. Roman numerals are usually placed on cornerstones of new buildings to express the meaning and solemnity of the upcoming edifice.

Two Thousand and Twelve comes to us with a host of questions and insecurities, but it also affords us the ideas of optimism, faith and expectation. These are international, national, plus personal wishes for improvement in the upcoming year.

I have decided to break down MMXII into its component parts:

-M is for the Momentous challenges we face in the future. The Middle East is aflame with the “Arab Spring” and we do not know how it will play out. Will it be good for the USA or harmful? The change of leadership in North Korea also raises questions. Will the young leader be more reasonable and less autocratic? The solvency of Europe is also a dilemma.

-M, the second M, is for Meaningful. So many false starts have been a tragic part of world and personal history that people have become cynical. Anticipation and substitution have been dangled before the American public for so long that doubt is a true feeling among our citizenry. Meaning is basic to family, integrity and helping others.

-X, just as in algebra, stands for the unknown. The future is always a big fat question mark. The Wall Street geniuses are only guessing. The odds-makers at the racetrack are only estimating the winning and losing horses. Even the bookmakers hedge their bets. We stand in front of an unknown future in MMXII.

-I is for In-transition. The babies born on midnight, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 enter a changing world. Our youth are barely aware of Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung. The planet is in transition. We hope that our 2012 presidential election will have good results.

-I, the last numeral, is for Incomplete or Incomprehensible. That is how we mere mortals observe and foresee our futures.

Be kind to us, year of MMXII! And to you, my readers, I wish you and yours a truly happy and healthy New Year.