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happy new year: the contradiction

I would like to thank all those who wished me a happy new year 2011 and also take the opportunity to wish you all a happy new year, 2011. Year in year out, people send out messages via whatever media wishing their dear ones a happy new year. Infact, some happy new year messages begin before Christmas and go through the first of the following year. It is very common to receive messages bearing Merry Christmas & Happy New Year just before Christmas from one friend, then before the first of the year you receive another one, this time bearing something like Happy New Year from the same source! The first probably easily noticeable contradiction is that the second message is clearly a subset of the first one. Why would someone send the two messages to the same person? Is it really necessary to send the two messages to the same person?  Is the reason related to show of affection? economic wellness? or just logic mismatch?

The second probably not easily noticeable contradiction is embedded in the statement itself “I wish you a happy new year.” Shouldn’t one be more optimistic and say “I wish you a happier new year”! From time immemorial, human being always has an optimistic tendancy to life. Why then should one prefer to be pessimistic when it comes to new year wishes? Is the old year always unhappy so as to justify the happy new year wish? Analytically, if the previous year was a happy one, then it makes no difference wishing me a year with the same level of happiness!

I wish you all a Happier New Year, 2011.

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