A Quiz to Guide the New Year

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Here’s a party game for the holiday. For each of the following pairs, choose one, and explain why. Listen carefully to those who choose the opposite word, and try to learn from them.

  • justice or mercy
  • rights or responsibilities
  • expertise or judgment
  • mastery or curiosity
  • standards or possibilities
  • preservation or generosity
  • rigor or exuberance
  • solidarity or dissent
  • community or solitude
  • was, is, or could

Let your choices guide your coming year. And remember always that other people make other choices, for justifiable reasons of their own.

Happy New Year.