as in, each new year rises fresh and newborn from the ashes of the old, phoenix-like. it is an artificial human construct, of course, eurocentric at that. still, as symbols go, this is not bad. a reminder to step back, reassess, consider. a boost to our very human need for hope. i can live with that.
which reminds me of one of the seminal "Pogo" comic strips, whose punchline was "death -- i can live without it."
here's to new beginnings. (no old beginnings allowed.) peace.