Here are some New Year’s resolutions I would like to suggest.

“I will pay attention to all significant facts and weigh them accordingly on their effects on the lives of the people I love.” Reality won’t be ignored but it will ignore anyone who won’t accept that.

“I will not pay attention to traditions that do not improve my society.” Too many bad habits are passed off as “tradition." Traditions that cause divisions and hatreds are only good if you long for trouble with your neighbors. They were created by people who needed a reason to harm or kill and that should be enough reason to place them in the dustpans of history.

“I will educate myself so that I cannot be taken advantage of.” Too many facts are hidden or ridiculed by those who need to keep their agendas secret. The best example of this is that God said to love everyone. Men who wanted more than they should or needed to have couldn’t have that be the law because it prevented them from putting others in harm’s way in order to accumulate their wealth. It is easy to see that love adds more to life than anything else because it can’t be destroyed; given up on but not destroyed. Start your education with that firm foundation. It exposes a lot of harmful lies.

“I will prioritize my life toward happiness.” The only way to be happy is to know you have worth. You have worth; not your property or your bank account or whatever other material method you have attempted to use to bolster your worth. Happiness doesn’t have limits but earthly wealth always has limits. Christ owned nothing but his works and how he returned to Earth shows he is extremely happy. Good works equals happiness.

Eric Thompson, Bismarck

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