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We humans have a predilection to seek out forbidden, foreboding, and challenging things! We do. It is evident in our literature and media. Romeo and Juliet's forbidden love, the lost city of El Dorado, the Fruit of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden... just to name a few.

For the year 2020, the big myth that it would represent a year of enlightenment because the numbers represent medically perfect vision of the eyes did not pan out to expectations. 2020, the year of vision, as some called was an eye-opener for many people. This is the year we found out that COVID-19 was created from an experiment m China that crippled the social structure of the world, killed millions of people, and changed world culture into pandemic mode.

2020 is the year of toilet paper shortages, political upheaval, racial disharmony,and political intrigue. It is a year where the world came together unseemingly for political unrest in the United States because of George Floyd's death at the knee of a peace officer! Protest and mobs of people crowded streets during a pandemic. Rallys by President Trump, who seemed to actively preach to his followers to avoid COVID-19 safety precautions, plastered media--claims of voter fraud too!

It has proven a year of vision alright. It has been a vision we did not want to see, but a true display of the world in which we live. As horrible as the death, violence, and vitriolic word-spews, there was good in the new decade's first year.

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For the year 2020, the big myth that it would represent a year of enlightenment because the numbers represent medically perfect vision of the eyes did not pan out expectantly.

20/20 Vision?

In a Google search on the topic of 2020, an article topped the list of my particular search. Produced by Ena Dahl on the Medium platform, entitled "Welcome to 20/20: The Year of Perfect Vision," it provided the idea of what many, if not most of us, were expecting about the year. [Find the link at the end of this article.]

Ena published,

Wow, it’s 2020; not just a new year but a new decade. If we are to believe numerologists and astrologers, 2020 is set to be an extraordinary and spiritual year in many ways [1][.

The connotation of that text of her's exuded positivity when she published it in January. The reality of it, as mentioned previously, is truly it was EXTRAordinary indeed! It has been a Spiritual year in many ways for many millions dead, and billions of living.

This has been a year of reflection and looking back at the state of the world--how we came to this point. Hindsight truly is 20/20 as the past has been the focus of our efforts. There are highlights that grab our attentions internationally. There are the more heartwarming things that grab at our heartstrings.

Many of us did not get to spend special occasions and holidays with family and friends. The psychological turmoil such a decision created precipitated by the actions of others who did not care about or believe in the reality or seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic lurched many of our souls into depression and mourning.

Elderly parents or sickly relatives and friends suffered isolation as thousands paraded around in the streets suing for justice or assaying for rights to live mask-free.

The leaders of some countries, specifically the United States, did not have effective modes to stifle the spread of the pandemic. Some leaders counted the lost of less than one percent of the population a negligible loss unless the loss affected them personally.

Graduations, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, and all bowed to the will of social distancing for many. 2020 had become a vision of loneliness.

What positive thing came, then? Love. People reached out in letters, phone calls, video calling, and such. Those who did not call in the past called to say, "Hello. I am checking on you."

Sure, jobs were lost, lives were lost, and social freedom was stymied; but, connections were made because who knew when there would exist another time to make them? 2020 became a vision of love. 2020 needed glasses.

Connections were made because who knew when there would exist another time to make them? 2020 became a vision of love.

Goodbye to 2020's "Perfect" Vision

I bet you started reading this because I titled it the way I did not want to start the year off with a title like 2021 Begins or Goodbye to 2020's "Perfect" Vision.

Actually, that last one was sort of good. It is the title of the section! I wanted you to read it with the understanding that there are so many people out here saying their goodbyes to 2020 that such titles will become second glance nevers! Let us not forget that some of the best things go unnoticed because it is so familiar to see that we don't grasp the potential of what is there.

The popular New Year's Eve song heard for years at such celebrations, Auld Lang Syne, provides the sentiment properly as Daniel Ross so thoughtfully provided a modern explanation of this old English celebrant song suggesting that it is an ode for the sake of old times between friends. [Check Daniel's link at the end of this article.]

It is okay that we need to temper the vision of 2020 through the lens of a different reality. As horribly terrible as it was for many of us, we still live. We lost people. For the sake of their memories, we push forward with the cures rolling out for COVID-19. We stand firm amid the new strains of COVID armed with proper tools to keep what is ours safe. Boldly, yet humbly, we in resolute acknowledgment understand we are only as safe as our neighbors are safe. We are only protected as we protect each other in this pluralistic society to which we have grown so accustomed.

So what? 2020 Needed Glasses. 2020 needed a haircut and a shave too!

2020 needed a haircut and a shave too!

2020 needed a haircut and a shave too!

So what? 2020 Needed Glasses. 2020 needed a haircut and a shave too!

The Beginning...

2021 brings with it a year born of wisdom from the year before. Per the celebrant song of the death of the old year and birth of the new year,

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind? [2]


NEVER! Let us remember those who died during the pandemic. Let those who lost homes, jobs, family, and anything have our hopes and prayers as we remember and acknowledge their lives. Let those who fought against the truth be forgiven and those who stood before their abusers with a face like a flint receive honor.

Let us lick our wounds and light the world with a greater love for humanity. We have a common theme in life. It is to seek love and give love. Let us #LightTheWorld with this new HOPE that 2020 tried, but failed, to kill.

Interestiing Facts

  • According to a news report of the BBC, El Dorado was a person and not a city, the "Golden One."
  • Auld Lang Syne is an old Scottish song put to words by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788.
  • We decide individually to make the New Year 2021 Happy!

Sources

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Rodric Anthony Johnson

Comments

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 14, 2021:

Mark, I want to hope that, but we have scriptures that are already written by Nephi, John, and Isaiah that say that those bad things will happen. I don't know if we are at the beginning of things, but I know that much of what the prophets have testified started back in the 19th century. For those of us who choose the light of Christ, we will be well with the topsy-turvey that is going to occur though it will bring us sorrow.

Mark Richardson from Utah on January 10, 2021:

Hopefully the hardships right now aren't like the Old Testament...7 years of trials. I'm optimistic that this year can be getter than the last.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 02, 2021:

John, you are right. My daughter told me she would have been more inclined to avoid it if she read a title that was negative. I don't believe her though. she would read it. Happy New Year.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 02, 2021:

Thanks. Happy New Year!

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 02, 2021:

It is Bill. Happy New Year to you as well!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 01, 2021:

Happy New Year, my friend!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 31, 2020:

Well presented. Interesting reading.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 31, 2020:

What a great article Rodrick. I had never even thought of the comparison of the year 2020 to 20/20 vision..duh..so obvious. Even if you had titled this "I Bet You Don't Read This!" I would have read it, perhaps have been even more inclined to as people are attracted to the forbidden and like to prove others wrong. Let's go forward more knowledgable with hindsight.

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