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January: a modern month?

Re-reading some of my work, I came across this quote from David Brett:

‘A modern culture (and I propose this as a general rule) is always Janus-faced, looking both backward and forward, never fully settled in the present’ (1996, 26)

The current month of January is, of course, named after Janus, the two-faced Roman god associated with beginnings, transitions, endings, and doorways and portals. He looks with one face to the future and with one face to the past.

In January, (not exclusively but perhaps more than at other times of the year) I certainly feel that I emulate Janus. But does this have to mean that we are never fully settled in the present? Or is this restless condition more applicable to modern cultures than to the individuals within them?



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