Can we be cautiously optimistic?
The atheist buses will be on the streets this month, challenging lazy assumptions and encouraging people to be open about their skepticism.
Obama takes over in the White House, thrown in the deep end with the economic crisis and the Israelis to deal with, but hopefully better at the job than Bush (no one could be worse, surely).
The economic downturn might prompt people to live more frugally, which will be good for the planet, and might encourage environmentally-friendly innovations.
Humanist Roy Brown attended the 60th anniversary celebration of the Declaration of Human Rights, “expecting to be appalled in equal measure by the extravagance of the surroundings and the hypocrisy of the speeches, but I left both moved and inspired.” Could attempts by Islamic states to set the clock back be thwarted?
We can influence events in 2009 with positive action. You might be surprised by what we can achieve.
Happy New Year!