Of all the things that I want out of the unpleasantness that last year - and really the last series of years - it is this.
The reality is that defeat only sticks if one allows it to stick. That does not mean it is not a tough slog, nor that it is something for which there are many milestones that go unrecognized except by those that are performing them.
At the same time - and at some level, perhaps this indicates my continuing lack of maturity or enlightenment - I want to see this happen.
In a way - maybe in a way I had not thought of - this is some of what the silence that I wrote about earlier is caused by - people rolling up their sleeves and getting on with the business of rebuilding towards an actual better future, not the future as it is prescribed for them.
Most of all - tying back to the quote above - I want this to happen in the presence of those that feel that they have won a great victory, be it personal or professional or religious or political or economic.
Not violent, not vengeful, not angry. Just solid work that results in real results and makes it very clear that the only thing that was "broken" was their understanding of the situation.