“Happy holidays, everyone.” No. Too obvious. “Merry Chr …” Offensive to some. “Happy New …” Too early. Oh dear. It had been hoped that this would be unnecessary. Either the end of the world or humanity’s ascension into the fifth dimension were supposed to make redundant the arduous task of composing a message of well wishes to heteconomist’s “many” readers. (Actually, there are quite a few of you, which is rather sobering, really.) And the task is arduous. There would appear to be no way to satisfy everybody – or even anybody – considering the incredible diversity of those who hang out here. To emphasize the heart over the head might please some but only taunt the tortured souls of others. Then there is the antisocial element. But, all in all, it is surely an impossible task to cater to everybody. The heteconomist community is a hodge podge. For that no apology shall be made. Just as we will feel no compunction sharing in what may be the most garbled holiday message ever posted to an economics blog.
On the east coast of Australia, about a hundred kilometers south of Sydney – or perhaps four hundred kilometers south, though surely not more than that – you might, if passing through the town of Blue Ocean, spot Barnabas College, a private boarding school for boys. It was certainly one of the more scholarly schools I attended.