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Cope: Ruminations on the New Year

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My ruminations on the New Year lead to this take-off of the iconic Shepard Fairey image of Obama, which in turn inspired the image on the home page. This is not a statement on my part. If it is, I’m not sure what it’s saying.

It seems, I think, more cynical than intended. Cycles are inevitable and to be desired. While to some degree the current economic downturn was the result of stupidity, greed and unfounded optimism, I believe these things to be a symptom rather than a cause. We are entering a period of winnowing where the excesses of our exuberance are corrected, our outlook is sobered.

My fear is that the agenda of the new year will be driven by fear – that the same hyperbole that drove the inflation of our housing and investment markets will be employed to ‘correct’ the economic downturn, that drastic measures will be called for, that our excesses will now be ones of regulation and intervention and yes… bailouts. Many have spoken of the Obama presidency with ‘messianic’ overtones – they will be disappointed. I know of only one Messiah. I suspect President-elect Obama would readily admit that it’s not him.

By placing myself in the image I take responsibility for my future, not with any particular talent, but because only I can.


Cope [kohp]: to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, esp. successfully or in a calm or adequate manner.

My mantra for the new year: let us cope.

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