Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Keeping Resolutions Should Be of No Practical Value at All

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Keeping Resolutions Should Be of No Practical Value at All

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2016 is only a matter of hours away. I'm determined to make resolutions that are deeply challenging to keep beyond the first week of January.

Ideally they should be resolutions other people don't want to make; resolutions nobody else could believe you would care about.

Keeping them should be of no practical value whatsoever.

Breaking them should go unnoticed and have no impact on anyone who happens to notice.

Basically nobody would care if you broke them but you would be secretly pleased with yourself if you got to, say, Leap Year's Day without blowing them.

Trivial things come to mind.

I resolve not to misspell Ian McFarlane's name. I resolve not to spell his friend's name as if he was a spin bowler when I know full well there's more bull than ball when it's his turn to speak.

I resolve to vote for Paul Antonio as mayor whether he decides to stand again or not.

I also resolve not to vote for at least two retiring councillors in the next election. I haven't decided yet which two they will be.

Now, my most important resolution decision, and one I should have made years ago.......

I have resolved not to pretend to understand two particularly clever people when I know full well I haven't really got the slightest idea what they are on about.

Those two people are both physicists and university professors.

One is Professor Stephen Hawking and the other one is Professor Brian Cox.

Hawking wrote his book, A Brief History of Time, in 1988. It sold more than 10 million copies over the next 20 years. Its status is much like a Shakespeare play.

We all claim to have read it or at least know somebody who has.

We all tell our friends it is the most brilliant book about the universe that we have ever been lucky enough to read.

We marvel how somebody, especially somebody in a wheelchair, could possibly be so clever. …

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