Her sentiments would seem to be more universal than she thinks.
And in Times Square they are doing so with such a ferocious enthusiasm! Apparently it feels much better that way. No need for reflection; just get your party on.
In relative safety, too. Early photos of Times Square festivities on New Year's Eve make clear the authorities gave little forethought to terrorist attacks or even rudimentary crowd control. Obviously all that started to change after 9/11.
Managing large gatherings of people who aren't thinking clearly about their own safety and security —be it at the Rose Bowl or political conventions or St. Patrick's Day Parades—has progressed passed fine art to scientific precision. And New York is ground zero in the large-crowd security game.
Last night's Times Square festivities were patrolled by no fewer than 7,000 of New York's finest, in uniform, heavily armed and wirelessly connected to a central command. There were counterterrorism teams with long guns and bomb-sniffing dogs. There were countless webcams strategically positioned to monitor the crowd. And an overhead drone circling on a tether (flying in a cordoned-off area so as not to soar directly above the revelers). Plainclothes officers mixed in the crowd throughout the evening; security personal scanned the crowd from rooftops. Manhole covers were sealed and radiation detectors deployed.
One reveler was overheard telling a companion, "You're safer down here than you'd be in church. Not realizing even that is not the standard it used to be.
In early years revelers were packed in cheek-by-jowl, forming an ocean of humanity covering several blocks, stretching north and south as well as east and west. Last night's crowd was segmented up into discreet clots, to facilitate passage by emergency vehicles, as well as orderly dispersal if necessary, and provide clear sight lines. Sand-laden sanitation trucks and police cars were positioned as barriers. In actuality, like partying in a war zone.
No one seemed to mind. Or even notice.
Our modern lives have certainly changed. But the beat goes on. Especially on New Year's Eve.
Prospero Ano y Felicidad! Happy New Year. May all your hopes and dreams, in the fullness of time, come true. And don't forget to have a good time. That would appear to be an important step. And see something, say something.