by Doug “Uncola” Lynn
The Burning Platform
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Auld Lang Syne” literally translates to “Old Long Since” which could also be interpreted as “since long ago” or “for old times’ sake”. Certainly, there is a feeling of melancholy when the song is sung at the end of another year gone by. Maybe any sadness could be attributed to good times that are now gone or, perhaps, especially, regret at what might have been.
The same goes for inevitable outcomes of unavoidable events, predictable denouements of tragic stories, and the ineluctable death of nations. It calls to mind a quote from the 1994 movie “The Legends of the Fall” when the Native American narrator described how a beautiful young woman caused brothers to hate one another and a family to fragment. He said: