End of 2020 special assignment: What we have lost and what we have gained at the end of 2020

last day of December 2020

2020 has been such a tumultuous year that it is essential as we leave it behind---in the rear-view mirror--that we reflect on it.   

To be sure, this is a year in all our lives that we will never ever forget.

There has been so much loss this year.   The sheer number of human beings who lost their lives in the pandemic is beyond our ability to fathom.   And for innumerable reasons in all corners of the globe, many people lost their lives due to hunger, poverty, injustice, racism, discrimination and genocide.   Democracy, certainly in the United States, was on the precipice, something that was especially apparent at the end of 2020.   

So as we say....

 

farewell

عَلَيكُم

告别

Ahoj

Paalam

Adieu

Auf wiedersehen

αντιο σας

הֱיה שלום

अलविदा

Selamat tinggal

Ciao

さようなら

သွားတော့မယ်

Do widzenia

Tchau

до свидания

kwaheri

ลาก่อน

Güle güle

Hamba kahle

...... to 2020, we reflect on 

what we have lost...

and

what we have gained.