The year closed in an epidemic of fear and displacement. Fear of terror, of violence, of speaking up, of being gunned down -- in church, in the street, in a park, at an office party, in one's own home. Displacement, due to barrel bombs and cluster bombs, terrorist thuggery and the very real threats on multiple continents from dictators clinging to power.
As a society today, we speak only of our successes, putting taboos on our failures, by refusing to acknowledge that they happen out of pride and shame. But by refusing to look at these failures, we limit the capacity to change and develop ideas, which, with minor adjustments, may shift the functionality of the program and in doing so, change lives.