A quote of Pierre Charron seems appropriate to start the new year:
But they say: to doubt, to consider both points of view, to put off decision, it this not painful? I reply, it is indeed for fools, but not for wise men. It is painful for people who cannot stand freedom, for those who are presuptuous, partisan, passionate and who, obstinately attached to their opinions, arrogantly condemn all others....Such people, in truth, know nothing. They do not even know what it is to know something.
As part of my tithe to the truth, I relay what the natural environment had to say on the subject today.
icy sleet tears
embalm dry prairie grasses
white madness merging earth to north