When one of the nicest and most capable people I have worked with was having a baby she asked for suggestions for names. I came up with my three favourite Greek girl's names. Zoë - meaning life; Sophia - meaning wisdom; and Eleftheria - meaning freedom. After all, what more could we hope for a child than life, wisdom and freedom? She had a boy.
Thinking back, I couldn't think of a better motif for the new year. So here is to a world that is wiser, freer and one that celebrates life over death. I'll drink to that.