Blame it on the Babylonians

God Bless America

What will be will be.  Or not.

Each year about this time Americans make promises they know they will not keep.  It’s called making a resolution for the New Year and the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] has collected a few such commitments that people have made for 2018.  One brave soul put his in writing on social media promising to “work with neglected children-my own.”  Another swore he would not “ring the stewardess button on airplanes just to get her phone number.”  And, one faithful employee said “I will not bore my boss with the same excuse for taking leaves.  I will think of some more excuses.”


It’s the 21st Century and many of us have given up on the practice of making what we think are futile resolutions, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].  But, perhaps we should heed the words of philosopher Alex Epstein: “It is a sad irony that those who write off New Year’s resolutions because so many fail reinforces the passive approach to life that causes so many resolutions-and so many other dreams-to fail. The solution to failed New Year’s resolutions is not to abandon the practice, but to supplement it with a broader resolution-a commitment to a goal-directed life.”

Where did it all begin?

Whose bright idea was it to ring in the New Year with a lot of noise and revelry?  You can blame it on the Babylonians, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].  Some 4,000 they started the tradition with an eleven-day celebration as a way of getting in good with their gods.