As the year, and decade, winds to an end, the significance of time is prominently displayed. Thus, this quote from T. H. Huxley settled in today:
“It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end as superstitions.”
Indeed, it occurs to me that as humans we have this strange relationship with change and tradition. That is, we, at some level, crave both. So, on New Year’s Eve we’ll follow a long-standing tradition of ushering out a year (and a decade) while making resolutions about how we will change things going forward.
Which somehow leads me to this question — What “superstitions” are getting swept aside to make way for new truths?