Goodbye and good riddance, 2012
What a crappy year. I mean that primarily from two perspectives: professionally and privately. Academically and religiously, I’m inching closer to that personal Holy Grail of mine — getting into a doctoral program — and I’m much more involved in the Baha’i community now (including, much to my surprise, getting elected to the Leuven Local Spiritual Assembly!) And I’ve grown closer to some friends, born witness to more than a few weddings, things for which I can be grateful. But overall, 2012 (which roughly corresponds to my thirtieth year, so I can also say 30) was a kind of personal Mayan doomsday, laying waste to my savings, my organization, my love life, my travel opportunities, my blog, on and on.
By the grace of God — and the generosity of friends, family, and donor entities — I’ve managed to pull through, and so has NewEurasia. We’ve assembled a new team and a new vision for ourselves, while my savings have been somewhat rejuvenated. I’m still struggling with the issue of projected bachelorhood, constantly weighing the pros and cons of being, it seems, semi-permanently single for the foreseeable future, but okay. I’ve been reading a lot of Merleau-Ponty and Lefort, and if there’s one thing I’m (re-)learning from them, it’s both to embrace ambiguity and uncertainty, and to really embody one’s choices, even if sometimes one legitimately wonders whether there was ever much of a choice at all.
So, good riddance 2012. I’m more than inclined to condemn you as a waste of my time, but I’ll choose to hope you were a necessary purgation, instead. Certainly, you’ve taught me a lesson in making hard decisions, particularly when the surrounding ethical conditions are murky and the ethical consequences even murkier. Still, I hope 2013 is better, clearer, enjoyable.
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WordPress compiles an annual statistics report for its bloggers. I’m pleased to say that, much to my surprise, Wikipedia is my highest source of readers, followed by various online social networks and then, of course, NewEurasia. I’m also really pleased that one of my biggest readerships comes out of Kyrgyzstan!
Here’s a fun excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 33,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals.
Yeah, sure, why not?