We (people) can always gloss over very important concerns or announce sprinkling a thick layer of glitter over the mess as of tomorrow (or next year or whenever we fancy), but by doing so, we're, evidently, not dealing with the issues. I see it very clearly: if we don't impose consequences, we won't be treated seriously - that's a fact, so it doesn't matter if or when we'll be proclaiming 'a new beginning'. Everything left undealt with shapes the future more than our intentions, whether we like it or not.
Metallica again tonight and just one thing to remember for me now more than any other time: "People hate the truth. Luckily, the truth doesn't care."