5. Stop Calling Those Horizontal Scooters Hoverboards.
The hoverboard isn’t just a hoverboard. It’s a symbol of faith in American technology to solve not just the major problems of climate and disease, but also provide us with instruments that enhance our freedom. Since Marty McFly presented it to us in Back to the Future II and III, Americans have been anxiously awaiting the hoverboard’s arrival as the announcement of a new era in which we finally defy gravity on a personal level.
That’s why the current so-called Hoverboard is not only a disgrace to the concept, but the name embodies everything we loathe about American hucksterism in politics and in daily life. There’s nothing wrong with the product itself, except for the occasional bursting into flames, but to sell a two-wheeled device as a hoverboard is like calling a calculator Artificial Intelligence. It cheapens our collective dream for the future.
Obviously, there are many more resolutions Americans could make. Yet, this is a modest and manageable place to start. While about 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8% achieve their goals. A third don’t even last to the end of January. So the odds are against us. But Americans thrive in the face of overwhelming odds. As American political philosopher Hannah Arendt said: “The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws … the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.” In 2016, let’s work together as a nation to make a few miracles come true.